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HR and Workplace Romance: An Interview with Attorney Cedric Lamarche

Knowing how to address workplace romance can be as confusing as, well, love itself. So HR Insider asked Cédric Lamarche, Senior Associate at Whitten & Lublin, Employment Lawyers, for insight. Here’s what he told us.

HRI: Why does workplace romance make employers nervous?

CL: There is nothing illegal with a consensual relationship between co-workers; no statutes or laws prohibit this type of conduct in the workplace. Notwithstanding the legality of romantic relationships between employees, these types of dealings promote problems, fuel litigation, and can even lead to extortion. Therefore, they invariably enhance the risk of legitimate and spurious claims against employers for, among other things, sexual harassment, discrimination, and constructive dismissal. We commonly see these types of allegations from disgruntled employees who believe that they have been unfairly disciplined or terminated as a direct result of their romantic dalliances at work. An accusation of sexual harassm...

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