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Workplace Romances


Workplace Romances

What are your policies around workplace romances?

Valentine’s Day is a week away. Unfortunately, for employers and employees, workplace romances don’t always lead to chocolate dipped strawberries and champagne. Even when a workplace romance is consensual, employers and employees need to be careful in handling such relationships. Of course, when sexual harassment or other prohibited conduct occurs, employers in particular must act swiftly and appropriately.

In my article titled “Sex, Love and Payroll: Employers Face Tricky Issues With Workplace Romances,” I offer some food for thought and some practical steps employers and employees can take to deal with workplace romances. The article is published in the February 2012 edition of the Contra Costa Lawyer magazine, the official publication of the Contra Costa County Bar Association. I am not only proud to be able to contribute to the magazine, but also proud to have been asked to serve a three-year term on the Board of Directors.