'Love Contracts' in the Office

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Some companies are taking precautions when it comes to office romances. One San Francisco lawyer has drafted about 1,000 "love contracts," which ask lovebirds to acknowledge that the relationship is consensual and that both sides have read the company's sexual harassment policy. The idea is to protect the company from liability if an affair ends up in a lawsuit, or generates bad publicity. The Los Angeles Times says love contracts are common in the entertainment industry, usually involving senior executives.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Our last word in business is about a new kind of contract employers are asking workers to sign so that office romances don't blow up and hurt the company. One San Francisco lawyer has drafted about a thousand of these love contracts. Most ask the lovebirds to acknowledge that the relationship is consensual, and that both sides have read the company's sexual harassment policy. The idea is to protect the company from liability if an affair ends up in a lawsuit or generates bad publicity.

According to the Los Angeles Times, love contracts are common in the entertainment industry and usually involve senior executives.

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

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