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Monday, February 03, 2003

Can You Put A Price Tag on Failed Romance? What About $1.3 Million?


At least that is what the Village of Bloomingdale, Illinois has been told. See the report in the Daily Herald: Suburban Chicago's Information Source. A former city secretary who had a romantic relationship with her boss, evidently decided that it ended at a different time than he did. He got a promotion, she got a lawyer. The end result after a 3 day trial, is a jury award of $1.3 million dollars on her sexual harassment claim. Something every manager who thinks he or she can date a subordinate without inviting trouble should think about.

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