Fredricka Whitfield talks to the ethics guy, Bruce Weinstein, about ethical concerns involving dating a coworker.
I 'm no lawyer or ethicist just a lowly pee-on, but I can't get over why your experts are missing what seems to me the biggest problem with office romance. The most obvious problem with office romance is the preferential treatment the subordinate involved in the office romance may recieve. Keeping in mind all people are flawed and bound to take advantage of the situation, bystander subordinates my sense some unfair treatment either real or precieved by the those involved in an office romance. Since the relationship they have is not on equal ground as those involved in the romance, it may cause problems, tension and maybe potential legal action. Not only from those involved in the relationship if it goes south, but from those who feel spurned when it is successful and productive.
In the David Letterman saga, I do believe I heard that there were male interns who were wronged by being over looked for choice duties because of they were simply the wrong sex. This sounds like gender discrimination to me, although I must admit not in the usually anti-female way. I am suprised both your lawyer and your ethicist didn't pick up on this.
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