When love blooms at work, "ove contracts"may follow.
Dating often begins with hearts and flowers and Valentine' Day cards, but it' been known to end with harassment, retaliation claims and jury trials.
To protect themselves against lawsuits, some employers have begun asking co-workers to sign written confirmations that they have entered into voluntary relationships.
These formal documents typically affirm that "either party wants their relationship with each other to affect their jobs or the company in any way." Employees agree to abide by company-conduct policies while dating and after the relationship ends.
"It makes sense, even if your first reaction is, 'Aw, come on, give me a break,' " said Brian Finucane, a lawyer in the Kansas City office of Fisher & Phillips, which has had a few workers in client companies sign such documents.
Finucane and other lawyers said they expect love contracts to proliferate.
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