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Beware the impact of romantic affairs on other employees

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A workplace affair can wreak havoc if the couple breaks up—especially if one is a supervisor. There may be a sexual harassment claim lurking in the affair—perhaps even a quid pro quo one. Who knows what the supervisor had threatened to get the affair started?

But that’s not the only problem. Sometimes an office affair can create an uncomfortable situation for other employees. If things really get out of hand (say, if favoritism or unfair promotions have occurred), other employees caught in the affair’s undertow may sue for sexual harassment, too.

Recent case: Tracy Perron sued for sexual harassment and sex discrimination when her married supervisor had an ongoing affair with Perron’s co-worker. The two lovers frequently giggled in their offices, the woman started dressing very provocatively and packages addressed to her from Victoria’s Secret began appearing regularly. When he was able to change schedules, the supervisor ...(register to read more)

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