Valentine’s Day is upon us, and companies are experiencing workplace romance at its finest, which is why it is a good time to consider updating or implementing office romance policies. According to a survey conducted by Careerbuilder.com, four out of ten workers admit to having dated a colleague during their careers, and 31% of those relationships resulted in marriage. The survey indicated that 34% of employees have dated a more senior person within the company hierarchy (among which 42% have dated their direct supervisor). The survey further showed that 72% of employees “go public” about their office romance. While many office romances lead to marriage, others may unceremoniously lead to claims for sexual harassment. Because it is not an uncommon scenario, companies should take proactive measures to avoid love turning into litigation.
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