We've heard about it in the news and even on late-night TV (thank you David Letterman!) but we know it happens every day: sex at work. (Forty-seven percent of us have done it.)
Employers fear inter-office dating since it often results in sexual harassment lawsuits.
"We advise clients to prohibit romantic relationships between supervisors and subordinates," says Melissa B. Garrett, partner at employment law firm, Jackson Lewis LLP. "But it's usually safe to allow co-workers to date, because no one can take advantage of unequal power."
Here's how to protect yourself (if you're an employer or an employee) from inappropriate workplace relationships:
Thinking about dating that hunk in accounting? Forbes and Office Mate: Your Employee Handbook for Romance on the Job offer strategies for mixing love and work without damaging your career.
Sixty-five percent of companies don't have an office dating policy. HRHero.com and BusinessKnowHow.com help you assess whether you need one. And there are additional challenges for small businesses.
Should you ask employees to sign love contracts? ABC News, HR Web Cafe and BLR weigh in, list what to include, and share example documents.