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Is that really harassment–or a domestic dispute?

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Sometimes when co-workers are married or otherwise romantically involved, private disputes spill into the workplace. That can spell trouble if discord spirals out of control.

Recent case: Nicholas and Kay, who were married, both worked in management for the same company. They divorced.

Nicholas claimed Kay confronted him and said if he didn’t reconcile, she would make life at work a living hell. She then proceeded to do just that, if Nicholas’ account is correct. Kay allegedly had her ex falsely arrested at work and sent a barrage of disparaging messages about him. Kay also had input into Nicholas’ performance reviews despite his report to HR that she was harassing him.

He sued, alleging a hostile work environment. The court said his case could go forward. (Reiser v. Concordia, No. 16-959, WD PA, 2016)

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