Casual Sexual Relationships in the Workplace… Acceptable or Not?
The issue of sexual relationships in the work place is a highly talked about issue. Some people don’t think it messes with the workplace but others disagree and feel it makes it harder for the company to work. Whether you believe it should be frowned upon and be against the company conduct code or you believe it’s a right that people have and it should be allowed is determined by many factors. You could be against it due to religious reasons or because you feel it makes you uncomfortable. You could be for it because you believe this is America and you have a right to sleep with whoever you want. For whatever reason and whatever side you take this is always going to be a major argument among companies and people. In an article titled, “American Apparel and the Ethics of a Sexually Charged Workplace” by Gael O’brien this issue is the main topic of discussion. In the article the CEO of American Apparel is facing to sexual assault accusations because he apparently was using his power in the company to get sex from 2 of his ex-employees. O’brien is writing the argument that sexual relationships in the work place are wrong and shouldn’t be allowed because they cause stuff such as this to happen and we are left with two sides to a story. She says, “How can both parties freely accept responsibility for the consequences of a relationship when one party has power over the other’s salary, promotion, or keeping the job?” She brings up a very valid point. What if the CEO and the employee breakup and the CEO fire the employee because of the break up. Or what if the employee gets mad and sues the CEO for sexual harassment because she didn’t like how the relationship ended. With sex among employee there come consequences. She also brings up a valid point in saying that it may affect bystanders who just want to work. When the sexual relationship gets out it may become a large topic of discussion and distract...
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