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Workplace Romance…Or Sexual Harassment?

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This Valentine's Day, workplace romances seem less popular and more fraught with potential danger than ever.  According to the 2010 Office Romance Survey, conducted by on behalf of Spherion Corporation, nearly three-quarters of U.S. workers agree that openly dating a co-worker could jeopardize job security or advancement.  Only one-quarter would consider dating a supervisor from another department, and only nine percent would consider dating their own supervisor.


But what should HR do when one employee is interested in pursuing a romantic relationship with another employee, but the object of their affection is decidedly uninterested?  Let them work it out, you might be tempted to say.  Okay…as long as the pursuer takes no for an answer, or isn't a supervisor.  Otherwise, you might have a case of sexual harassment on your hands.  And if the pursuer uses technology in their romantic quest, you might ha...(register to read more)

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