Dating contracts in the work place
If you find yourself falling for someone in the workplace, it may be best to resist.
Read your employee handbook for any specific regulations your business has forbidding inner-office dating; some companies have rules regarding these matters of the heart.
For some, the promise of a relationship with someone who shares similar values on a comparable career path is enticing, making the office into not just a place of business, but also the home of a budding romance.
While the likelihood of an employer suing an employee for violating one of these '‘love contracts’' is relatively small, the hope is that these contracts will serve as a deterrent to inner-office hookups and a way to encourage those who find love in the office to put every effort into making the relationship a drama-free one, minimizing its affect on the work environment.
Erin Schreiner is a freelance writer and teacher who holds a bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University. Schreiner previously worked for a London-based freelance firm. She currently teaches writing to middle school students in Ohio and works on her writing craft regularly.
Therefore, some employers are turning to "love contracts" - or in lawyer terms, a "Consensual Relationship Agreement." A Consensual Relationship Agreement is an effort to mitigate the risk of sexual harassment claims from an office romance gone awry by documenting that the relationship is consensual.
Even before President Clinton and Monica Lewinsky had their affair in the Oval Office, and the nervous debate rekindled over appropriate behavior in the hormonally-charged, treacherous American workplace, Consensual Relationship Agreements were being pioneered by West Coast employment lawyers.