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"Most employers still rely on their code of conduct or employee handbook to "It is unlawful for employers to treat men and women differently because of Wallace, who met her husband at work, says couples should protect Same-sex workplace relationships can be particularly problematic because they. Male police officers are most likely to marry female or male to marry male managers or female insurance claims and policy-processing clerks. Maybe I was dating a married woman because unconsciously it fitted in with my chaotic lifestyle, even though I longed for intimacy at the same.
But keeping an office affair quiet is hard work.
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Your colleagues don't want to catch you snogging in the lift or fumbling in the stairwell, especially if they've just had their lunch. Getting physical could also put you in breach of the implied term of "good faith" that says staff conduct should act in the best interests of the company, says Sally Laughton, employment solicitor at Andersons Solicitors in Nottingham.
Holding hands or briefly kissing may be seen as inappropriate but won't justify dismissal, whereas more explicit behaviour might. Same-sex workplace relationships can be particularly problematic because they alert colleagues to your sexuality and expose you to banter or worse. Sexual orientation regulations, introduced in the Equality Actmake it illegal for employers and other groups to discriminate on the grounds of sexual orientation, so you have plenty of legal protection. Speak to your manager if the jibes become too much or descend into abuse.
Companies are legally liable for the behaviour of their staff and could face litigation if they don't take action. You can survive an office affair, but don't play fast and loose with either your colleagues or your partner because that could damage your reputation and make your working life embarrassingly awkward.
And finally, be proud of your relationship. For style, it may not rival Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie falling in love on the set of Mr and Mrs Smith, but it's likely to be more glamorous than John Prescott's clinches with his diary secretary Tracey Temple.
Case study An office romance can cause friction at work, but the trouble really starts when the relationship breaks down, as year-old advertising executive David Shepherd not his real name discovered. A couple of weeks after he started seeing a colleague she was transferred to his tiny department.
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Disagreements at work spilled over into our home life, and vice versa. Some may exonerate and live together and some may seek divorce Why punish married men alone for adultery, asks SC The Supreme Court agreed to examine the constitutional validity of a year-old 'gender discriminatory' provision in Indian Penal Code which punishes a married man for adultery for consensual sexual relations with another man's wife.
The court tested Section on the touchstone of constitutional provisions dealing with right to equality and guarantees against arbitrariness and discrimination, with Justices Chandrachud and Malhotra using privacy, individual's autonomy and personal choice as yardsticks of legality.
Times View The Supreme Court has been wise in decriminalising adultery. This newspaper has consistently held that while many may view adultery as morally problematic, this is a matter of personal morality and the state should stay out of it. This judgment is welcome also because it does away with a law that was blatantly patriarchal and treated married women as the property of their husbands. Even the British, who introduced it in India, did away with it in their own country as far back as We hope the government will now show good sense in accepting the verdict and not seek a review.
The decision rejected a conception of women as actors with no agency of their own, mere "chattel". Thursday's decision puts India on par with many European countries, China, Japan, Australia and Brazil where adultery is no longer a criminal offence. In addition, the section treated the woman, with whom the married man had sexual intercourse, as a chattel of her husband as it was not an offence of adultery if the latter consented or connived for his wife's adulterous relationship with another man, the CJI said.
Refusing to buy the Centre's argument to uphold validity of the provision on the ground that it was to protect the sanctity of marriage, the CJI said the section did not rope in those married men for adultery if they had sexual relationship outside the marriage with unmarried women, divorcees or widows. Moreover, the provision specifying that only the husband of the married woman could be the aggrieved person to file complaint of adultery against the adulterous married man made the SC say, "The offence and the deeming definition of an aggrieved person, as we find, is absolutely and manifestly arbitrary as it does not even appear to be rational and it can be stated with emphasis that it confers a licence on the husband to deal with life as he likes which is extremely excessive and disproportionate.
This treats the woman as a chattel.