Ever since the news broke about Harvey Weinstein and so many others, sexual harassment has been an important topic. But for every Weinstein or Lauer assault/harassment incident, there are many office romances that are consensual and successfully long-term. Business owners, managers, lawyers, and HR professionals have to acknowledge that some office romances, indeed many, are consensual. Human Resources Managers and lawyers have struggled with not just harassment prevention but also what to do with consensual office romances in the office.
But even consensual office romances can create real problems for companies and the potential for harassment claims, particularly if the relationship ends badly, is very high. So how to handle the consensual office romance? Try an Office Relationship Contract.
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