Assignment 1: Consensual Relationship Agreements Case Study
Dr. Virgil Mensha-Dartey
BUS520 Organizational Behavior
April 22, 2012
Consensual Relationship Agreements Case Study
According to the text, a Consensual Relationship Agreement is a written contract to protect against employees who are involved in relationships in the workplace. (Hellriegel & John W. Slocum, Jr., 2011). For example, once two employees stop dating, one person may believe that the former partner no longer treats them fairly or ignores them when a promotion should be considered. It is at this point that the less senior employee could claim that a hostile work environment ...view middle of the document...
The agreement also states that the employees will not allow the relationship to interfere with or impact the work environment, confirms and documents that the relationship is consensual and voluntary. The employer should attach a copy of the company's sexual harassment policy to the agreement to prove that the employee was aware of the sexual harassment policy and had the opportunity to report any inappropriate conduct by the other employee. If done properly, a consensual relationship agreement will make it more difficult for an employee to claim that the relationship was uninvited. In addition, the agreement will create a question about why the employee did not seek to stop the harassment by reporting it to management.
There are some individuals in the workforce who don’t really have much time to go out and date. So they tend to spend most of their time at work or at work related functions. Dating at work seems to be the most obvious place you would find someone that you feel compatible with. It’s the only place you interact with people who are in the same field as you and perhaps have a lot of things in common. Though some employees may be fearful of waiving future legal rights, many people actually feel at bit relived when asked to sign a CRA contract. They realize that others will be watching. Fortunately, most employers have not found it necessary to intervene once these types of contracts have been signed.
When people work together eight to ten hours a day they naturally find out that they have a lot in common. Hours sitting next to each other, quick luncheons, flirting to keep the days interesting and social parties after work can lead to a passionate office relationship. Even though many of these relationships continue without problems for years they may still fall into chaos and awkward work situations. But for an employer the biggest fear is a sexual harassment lawsuit arising from either party. Sexual harassment is a term used to describe a variety of illegal, discriminatory actions from unwelcome sexual advances to verbal conduct of a sexual nature that creates a hostile or abusive work environment. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) defines sexual harassment as follows: "Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical contact of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when: (1) Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment. (2) Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment decisions affecting such individuals. (3) Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment. Many people think that sexual harassment essentially involves conduct of a sexual nature. But according to Theresa Donahue Egler in Magazine, sexual harassment...