Consensual Relationship Agreements Case Study

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Consensual Relationship Agreements Case Study

Meshell Grayson

Professor Marietta Lewis

BUS520 Leadership And Organizational

August 15, 2012

Assignment 1 Week 3

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Consensual Relationship agreements in the retail work place has rules to it and

boundaries. The types of CRA has been around for some years and it seems to help the

employees sometimes. I just feel that you should think about it right before considering one more

date with your new co-worker or office partner. Sit back and have a reality check. By doing that

it actually gives you some thought to what you might want to do or even say when approached

to sign an Consensual relationship agreement. Basically, it’s an agreement to help both parties

but not pursue litigation against the employer if the relationship doesn’t work out at all. In most

situations especially in retail, you meet new people every day so I feel that once two employees

stop dating, one or the other person will believe that the other partner will not treat them right,

doesn’t give them any attention and ignores them. If it’s a manager dating an associate and a

promotion comes open and they don’t get considered they will feel very uncomfortable as if they

were over looked because the relationship didn’t work out like it should have. Then the next step

may be the co-worker probably will get to point to claim that they feel like it is a hostile work
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environment now and now has evolved and the employee will probably try to pursue litigation

against the employer.

Majority of manager realize that it’s unwise to try to stop all office romances. But,

However, the managers are very interested in preventing these on the job relationships from

having a negative impact on the employer at the work place. So they bring up having both

employees sign a Consensual Relationship Agreement, the two parties will be put on active

notice of their separate rights and responsibilities, both during the course of the relationship and

after its possible demise. Even though some employees may feel a bit fearful of waiving future

legal rights with the situation, but many people actually feel a bit relieved when asked to sign the

Consensual Relationship agreement. They come to the fact to realize that others will be watching

and they too will try to help them protect their legal rights. An actual office romances can really

jeopardize your job security and put other employers and your co-workers on the edge. I feel

that if you every find yourself feeling attractive co-worker or your manager, be very aware of

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what you are getting yourself into and also the company policy and relatively new trends in

office romance.

It becomes final when you are approached by the store manager about signing a

Consensual Relationship Agreement; there are many employees that wonder if they can refuse to

sign the CRA. With my research the Consensual Relationship Agreements are voluntary

contracts; employers(managers and assistant managers) should inform both parties that they will

not be penalized by the company if they decide not to sign the Consensual Relationship

Agreement. However, sometimes it might just be in your best interest to accept the terms in the

CRA. Also by signing the Consensual Relationship Agreement does not cause either party to

waive any of their rights regarding sexual harassment and wrongful behavior that may...
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