Wanna Date a Co-Worker? Sign a 'Love Contract'

More companies are asking dating employees to document their relationships

by Lesley Kennedy • MORE.com Reporter

To date or not to date a co-worker? That is the question for lots of employees who have engaged in an office romance. It turns out some businesses are saying you might as well go for it—as long as you’re willing to sign a “love contract,” that is.

Forbes reports some companies, rather than banning relationships between co-workers, are instead asking that employees who are dating sign a document stating they are seeing each other voluntarily and that they are well aware of the office’s sexual harassment policies.

“It’s never a good idea to have a policy you can’t enforce, or you set yourself up for legal issues,” Lisa Friel, vice president of Sexual Misconduct Consulting and Investigations at T&M Protection Resources, tells Forbes. “People are moving away from that and moving to other strategies. They may say: ‘If you’re having a relationship you need to tell us, and beyond that we’re going to have you sign papers that says it’s consensual.’ ”

Have you ever dated a co-worker? And would you sign a contract to do so? Leave a comment below!

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First Published February 16, 2012

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