Dating coworkers lawsuit

He was the CFO of their company, a software start-up with about 75 employees. They were at a conference, with industry contacts all around, using their corporate expense accounts. They’d only gotten to know each other in the past couple of months, after she’d been asked to present at a few investor conferences, repurposing the spiel she’d successfully given to so many customers.

She reported to the head of sales, who reported to the COO, and she and Brad rarely interacted at work.

“I thought you were after customers, not coworkers, Lizzy!

” She thought that might be the extent of the fallout, but the next day her boss pulled her aside.

By Monday morning, it seemed like everyone in the office knew.

There were whispers from some of the younger women and what felt like relentless, albeit good-natured, teasing from the guys on the sales team.

They managed to keep the fledgling relationship secret for three weeks.

But then two colleagues spotted them at a restaurant across town on a Saturday night, and they were forced to come clean.

There was deep disagreement over “the right thing to do,” and people became emotional, which made for a great discussion.

I’ve now taught the case to nearly 1,000 people, and it always has a big impact.

But he’d assured her they wouldn’t be breaking any rules. And given her standing in the company, they were really more like peers.

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