Weak Economy is Killing Off Office Romances

In a time of massive uncertainty in the job market, there are many economic side effects. But one surprising product of a slimming job market has been the steep decline of office romances. But unlike the most likely of reasons - stress levels of workers - it's actually because of an increase in legal complaints from third parties. Or in laymen's terms, office tattle tales.

It that seems a bit opportunistic to you, then you'd be right. It's a tricky game of "let me get you fired before I get laid off" using whatever means are necessary. With a growth of nearly 23% in 2008, these types of complaints are starting to become more and more commonplace in the office. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the new growing trend in employment lawsuits is something called a retaliation lawsuit. Sondra Solovoy of Workplace Answers states in an interview with Bloomberg News that "Such suits are waged by workers who claim they were fired to prevent them from filing a discrimination claim against their employer. Currently, retaliation suits are contributing to a wave of litigation that has employers in a panic."

Katherine Ricci, a 26-year-old public relations professional in New York City recalls her recent office romance saying, "I was never worried about getting in trouble, although he was. That's why we agreed to tell our managers. We didn't want people to think there would be any special treatment." But instead of going directly to HR, they went to their direct supervisors and spilled the beans. "HR found out eventually, but since my place of work does not have an official dating policy, we thought it was unnecessary to say anything official. However, we made sure everyone we worked with directly was aware of our relationship."

Since many companies are worried about this uptick in lawsuits, they've been instilling workplace seminars on compliance, with some even going as far as making office couples sign contracts that state that their relationship will not affect their work performance and environment. And while that may seem excessive, it can keep a company safe in a legal situation. Ricci understands how sensitive these situations can be - especially when they end. "We only worked on one or two projects together, and after that he decided he didn't want to work with me anymore. I wasn't offended - I understood. To be honest it was probably for the better since we eventually broke up."

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Stop using the sexist term, laymen's terms. Say layperson's terms. Stop being so male chauvinistic.

October 01 2010 at 7:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It seems if you get screwed at work, you will get screwed at work.

September 26 2010 at 12:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Office romances are down because there's nobody left in the office!

September 26 2010 at 12:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Americans open your eyes. Our problems are not because of Democrats or Republicans.
Both parties are in bed with Global Corporations. The Politicians in power see that their Corporations profit via Tax Payers Money or by changing laws. Some Politicians held offices with Corporations and have received and will still receive campaign money to keep them there.
To name a few:
Dick Cheney-Past CEO of Halliburton -no bid contracts to Halliburton,
Henry Paulson- United States Secretary of Treasury Past CEO of Goldman Sachs
bail out money to Goldman Saks
Robert Rubin- US Secretary of Treasury -26 years at Goldman Sachs
Past Chairman of Citigroup
Timothy Geithner- US Secretary of Treasury –Past president of the Federal
Reserve Board
Robert Gates- US Secretary of Defense-Held Stock in Science Applications
International (ninth largest defense contractor in the United States)
George H.W. Bush- advisor to the firm The Carlyle Group (11th largest defense
Contractor in the United States).
James A. Baker 111- US Secretary of Defense -advisor to the firm The Carlyle Group



September 26 2010 at 11:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

They are down because nobody is workin, Duh.

September 26 2010 at 9:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It's really bad when you are accused of having an office romance and you are not having one.

September 26 2010 at 9:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rio Joanz

People are basically lazy. At every single office in America, there are at least one or two skanks who are open and ready to sleep with anyone who asks and there are always men around who are willing to oblige. Employees like this always skimp on doing work to make time for sex at the office or shortly after work. Surprisingly, I'm wondering where the author of this story got the stats that office romances are down. I don't believe it or the definition of romance is off. Sex = romance to these folks.

September 26 2010 at 9:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

WRONG. Office romances are down because our screwed up society is now such that you cannot even say hello to someone without them filing a 'sexual harrassment' suit against you. The blame goes to the government, greedy lawyers and our 'get something for nothing' mindset.

September 26 2010 at 8:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mark turner

I was a lonely, unfulfilled, starving office temp until I found Bofftheboss.com. I tried their site and found their advice on "What To Do With A Video Recording Device" to be very helpful. Now I am Vice-President of the company!

September 26 2010 at 8:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Sure hope things turn around and SOON! I really need to get back to screwing around at work ya know!!! WHat? We will forever have to get it at home??? yeah, that's worked so well up til now huh

September 25 2010 at 1:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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