Employers Ask Office Lovers to Sign Off

'Love contracts' guard bosses against harassment claims
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted May 10, 2008 7:52 PM CDT
Employers Ask Office Lovers to Sign Off
Office workers find romance in this undated file photo.   (Index Open)

(Newser) – Bosses who see love in the air are asking workers to sign so-called love contracts to guard against sexual harassment claims, ABC News reports. "It is documenting the relationship," one employment lawyer said. "You need to define the relationship. Is (it) welcome?" The issue has gained attention as more women take office jobs and Americans in general work longer hours.

In fact, one survey found that eight in ten Americans know of a hot affair going on at the office. But workers who find love between the cubicles are not obliged to sign a love contract, one expert explains: "You're certainly welcome to have a lawyer review it. None of these are forced documents." (Read more sexual harassment stories.)

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