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The Truth About Sex at Work

Love and lust at work: Why can't we just talk about it?
Love and lust at work: Why can't we just talk about it?Photograph by Getty Images

We know that work is a place where people bring their passion, their anxieties, and everything else they’re dealing with at home and elsewhere in life. It shouldn’t really surprise us that people get crushes on their co-workers and sometimes take it to the next level. But we don’t talk about love and lust at work. We don’t acknowledge that people sometimes act on their office attractions, even though it happens all the time.

After I once spoke about this topic at the Bar Association in New York, a partner at a big law firm came up afterward to say that his firm had taken out the security cameras in its stairwells. “We picked up so much sexual activity on the cameras, after midnight, that it was a liability to have the videotape in our possession,“ he explained.