Vanderpump Rules chronicles the life and times of the extremely attractive employees at former Real Housewife Lisa Vanderpump’s highly successful restaurants throughout greater Los Angeles. Bravo fans were shocked when reports recently surfaced that the mustachioed Tom Sandoval, co-owner of TomTom, was cheating (gasp!) on his longtime girlfriend, SUR
Articles Discussing Sexual Harassment And Workplace Romances.
Risky Business: Addressing the Legal Risks of Workplace Romance
Valentine’s Day is an appropriate time to think about how to deal effectively with workplace romance. In today’s legal environment, romantic relationships in the workplace are potentially problematic, not only for the parties involved in a relationship, but also for coworkers and the company at large.
Recent Scandals Highlight Issues for Employers in Navigating Workplace Romances
A professional sports team head coach recently found himself in hot water over a romantic relationship with another employee of the franchise. The team’s management suspended him for an entire season for purported violations of workplace policies. What allegedly started as a consensual relationship escalated into the employee claiming that
Considerations for Employers when Addressing Workplace Relationships
Workplace romance is in the air this February. Employment attorney Bridget Blinn-Spears discusses best practices and considerations for employers when addressing workplace relationships.
Are You Ready if Cupid Strikes at Your Company?
If romantic comedies have taught us anything, it’s that romance can blossom in the workplace, especially when colleagues spend a significant amount of time together. But the movies conspicuously omit the significant risks that office romances can cause to your company’s culture and potential legal liability.
Impeachment: American Crime Story and Workplace Romance
“I did not have sexual relations with that woman.” “It depends on what the definition of ‘is’ is.” Ryan Murphy’s latest installment of the FX true-crime anthology television series Impeachment: American Crime Story (Impeachment) takes viewers back to the 90s to relive the events that led to the impeachment
Amazon’s The Expanse Raises Issues Concerning Workplace Romances
Note: Includes spoilers for Amazon Prime’s The Expanse.
I am an unabashed science fiction nerd. Growing up, I tended to gravitate toward television shows, movies, and books that took place in our own future as opposed to those that were set a long, long time ago in a galaxy
Love in the Time of COVID: Workplace Romance in Reel Life and Real Life
In anticipation of Valentine’s Day, SHRM published an article highlighting a new survey on office romances. Among the key findings of the survey: 34% of employees are or have been in a workplace romance, compared to 26% in the previous […]
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Webinar: How to Show Your Employees the “Love”
With St. Valentine’s Day fast approaching, take a moment to show your employees you care about them. Join Jennifer for a discussion of appropriate employee recognition practices, and how to stay out of hot water with the tax authorities.
Dear Littler: Love Is In the (Recirculated) Air – How Do We Handle Office Romances?
Dear Littler: I run HR for a business with locations across the West Coast. One of our store managers, Romeo, called today to inform me that he is now dating the assistant manager, Juliet, at his location in Los Angeles. I hate to crush young love, but this relationship seems wildly inappropriate. How do I handle this uncomfortable situation?
Love Contracts and Policies on Office Romance: What Can an Employer Do if Love is in the Air?
February is often called the “month of love,” and for employers, it may be an appropriate time to consider how to address issues surrounding workplace romance. Regardless of whether employers approve, it is likely inevitable that, at some point, the love bug will bite at work. According to a 2017 survey by CareerBuilder, 41 percent of employees said they had dated a work colleague within the prior year. Another study, by the University of Chicago, revealed that nearly 22 percent of U.S. married couples met at work. But because not every office romance results in wedding bells or fairy tale endings, such relationships create the potential for workplace conflicts, allegations of sexual harassment or retaliation and even litigation. Employers have several options for addressing possible problems in order to avoid legal headaches.