Sex On The Job

The Lewinsky Effect: Business takes a closer look at executive affairs

A few months back, Garry G. Mathiason, senior partner with Littler, Mendelson, Fastiff, Tichy & Mathiason, the nation's largest employment law firm, got a call from a very sheepish general counsel for a major company. The president of the company, the counsel said, "is planning to have a consensual affair with one of his employees," but before he does, "he wants to draft a written agreement" stating that the affair is voluntary--to reduce the chance that the woman might file a sexual-harassment suit if they broke up. "You won't believe it," Mathiason assured the nervous counsel. "But we've already drafted a standard form" for just such cases.

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