According to Vault.com's 2010 Office Romance Survey, almost 60 percent of respondents admitted to having participated in some form of workplace romance.
Manager/employee dating, in particular, may be prohibited by policy so it is always a good idea to check with the HR department or take a look at the policy handbook to see what rules your company has. In 2008, more than 13,867 sexual harassment claims were filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Women (38 percent) were more likely than men (21 percent) to date a higher-ranking colleague. According to the survey, social settings outside of the office were the most common, followed by running into each other outside of work, attending happy hours, spending late nights at the office, and going to lunch.
Love has always had its consequences, and there are more than you might realize when it strikes in an office setting. Pretending that you don’t know what’s going on is a decision you’re likely to regret if things go badly between the co-workers.
After all, the workplace is where most people spend the majority of their waking hours.
As Boston Globe reporter Joseph Kahn observed, “the probability [is that] these liaisons will have negative professional consequences for one party or both.” So let’s talk consequences.
Someone tried to blackmail Letterman, and Phillips’s mistress allegedly harassed his wife and family.
The relationship may be consensual at the start, but things can go wrong later.” But what about the technical point, which observers were quick to point out, that Letterman was not the boss of the CBS employees with whom he got involved, because he works for his own company, Worldwide Pants? Courts would see Worldwide Pants and CBS as joint employers of the women affected.
“The biggest issue in such relationships is the disparity in power,” he stressed.