by Howard L. Magee, Ogletree Deakins, Los Angeles
What do Microsoft’s Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer and AOL’s Steve Case have in common besides great high-tech wealth? They all met their wives at work.
While these were undoubtedly successful workplace romances, we have all seen or heard about office romances that turn sour, poison staff camaraderie and sometimes cause expensive sexual- harassment or retaliation lawsuits. While the public increasingly approves of consensual workplace romances, that acceptance has not translated into fewer legal concerns for employers.
Indeed, employers face an ever-more-difficult challenge to accommodate the changing social landscape at work. How should a company handle romance in the workplace? You can’t prevent every office romance, but you can manage them.
Romance no mystery
It’s no mystery why workplace romances flourish. Workers spend a third of their lives at work, with the rest of...(register to read more)