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Can a Workplace Relationship Be Considered Harassment?

Harassment is a type of employment discrimination involving unwanted, inappropriate, or hostile behavior in the workplace. While workplace relationships are not considered harassment per se, it is possible for workplace relationships, especially ones of a romantic nature, to lead to situations that give rise to harassment claims.

There are a few common ways that a workplace relationship can create liability:

How Can Employers Avoid Liability for Workplace Relationships?

Explicit, company-wide dating policies should prevent most of these problems, as long as they are clear and uniformly enforced. The policies most often used are:

These policies may also include annual sexual harassment awareness training, some of which may be mandated by state employment law.

Should I Consult an Attorney Regarding Workplace Relationship Issues?

If you are having issues in your office or workplace with another co-worker that cannot be resolved internally by the company's human resources department, you may need to consult with an employment lawyer to learn what options are available.

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Last Modified: 10-09-2015 09:02 PM PDT

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