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Do romantic relationships between co-workers amount to sexual harassment?

Although romantic relationships between co-workers do not constitute sexual harassment per se, such relationships can cause unease in the workplace, and may lead to sexual harassment, so interoffice relationships are discouraged. For instance, where the relationships occurs between a supervisor and an employee, other coworkers can get confused about what the workplace boundaries are, or develop animosity towards the romantic couple. Furthermore, if a romantic relationship between coworkers turns sour, one person could claim sexual harassment as retaliation, or another person might persist in the relationship where such persistence would be unwelcome (and constitute sexual harassment).