What is a love contract?

Author: Jill Gormley, Strong and Clear Communications

A love contract is an agreement that an employer may ask employees who are involved in a romantic and/or sexual relationship to sign. The contract states that the relationship is voluntary and consensual, and that the parties are aware of the employer's sexual harassment policy. This can protect the employer in the event that one of the parties later alleges sexual harassment. The contract can also set forth appropriate behavior rules for the couple, emphasizing that the couple must refrain from allowing their intimate relationship to affect their co-workers or their professional performance. An employer should always consult an attorney for help in drafting a love contract.