Wal-Mart subsequently fired both of them, and was sued by Julie Roehm for unlawful termination.
Yet another survey, a Harris Interactive poll sponsored by Atlanta-based employment firm Randstad, revealed issues in workplace dating by region.
According to results, the big flirters are in the West (45 percent) as compared to the South (37 percent), Northeast (34 percent) and Midwest (32 percent).
Romantic relationships in the office: does following your heart risk a career nosedive?
The pros and cons of relationships in the workplace have been in the news lately, most recently in the New York Times.
And that’s not mentioning the far greater number of claims that have been handled internally without ever going to court.
The development of interpersonal relationships at work is inevitable.
Roehm has denied Wal-Mart’s accusations of an office romance, and says she did not have job discussions with Draft FCB.
While this appears to be a case of he said, she said, and Wal-Mart said, it also raises questions about the pros and cons of relationships in the workplace.
Men may be office flirts, but women tend to establish emotional relationships for support from the opposite sex.
About 53 percent of the women surveyed have, or have had, an “office spouse”, a person who they lean on emotionally, and confide in about personal matters and relationship issues.
Others suggest that an employee inform his or her supervisor or personnel office if they are embarking on an office romance.” As reported on careerjournal.com, Southwest Airlines, which has more than 1,000 married couples employed, allows office romances and has realistic rules for good workplace relationships.