Or, perhaps it was, but they were scared to come forward earlier.An investigation will be required to figure out whether it was romance, harassment, or something in between.
Thirty-five percent of female co-workers reported dating someone senior to them, compared with 25 percent of their male counterparts.
To address this, employers can meet with the employees involved, separately, and inquire, to the best of their ability, as to the true nature of the relationship.
Some employers also have employees sign agreements pursuant to which they confirm that they are engaged in the relationship willingly and will disclose any conflicts of interest or other issues.
As the statistics show, love at work is all too common.
In many cases, a relationship between co-workers should not be cause for concern.