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Office Romances Require a 'Love' Contract


Employers have struggled with how best to deal with office romances. Federal and state laws forbid sexual harassment on the job, employment discrimination because of sex, and retaliation for refusing to enter into a romantic or sexual relationship. There can be significant exposure to an employer when an office romance comes to an end.

In addition to nonfraternization policies that prohibit dating between supervisors and their subordinates, many employers are turning toward "love Contracts" to mange the situation. While the terms of such contracts differ, they usually provide the following:

This article appeared in the February 8, 2008 issue of the Portland Business Journal.


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