Guest Column | May 2, 2011

Legal Advice - Consensual Relationships In The Workplace

Bob Goldberg RSP

By Bob Goldberg, RSPA General Counsel

Sometimes cupid finds a match in the workplace. A relationship among employees presents numerous legal risks when clear rules are not in place. Depending upon the stage of a relationship there is a fine line between consensual partners and harassment, coercion, or intimidation. Relationships always start out well, but when they sour there are hurt feelings and often repercussions for the employer. What once was love has now become harassment or coercion. It is difficult to regulate activities outside the business, but there are steps that can be taken to assure you, as an employer, do not face claims for a relationship gone bad.