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Photo © Bettmann/Corbis Sam and Diane from Cheers.

Scenario: A business owner makes advances (some rejected, some accepted, some enjoyed) to a lower-level staffer, creating an occasionally difficult work environment.

Verdict: Extremely inappropriate. It doesn't matter whether it's accepted or not accepted. It's inappropriate to put the staffer in that position, just because of the differential positions of power.

Scenario: Co-workers' relationship blossoms into more outside of the office. They try to keep it a secret, but people have their suspicions.

Verdict: They should go to their supervisor and HR to let them know about the relationship. It sounds like it is leading to gossip--it could lead to a distraction.

 

Scenario: Two high-wattage actors meet on a movie set and hit it off. One is single; the other is married.

Verdict: It's probably not advisable in terms of the gossip that will occur. But unless the organization has a specific policy of not allowing relationships, then it's probably outside of HR's realm. 

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