Albany, NY asked in Sexual Harassment for New York

Q: Is it sexual harassment if I ask a coworker who's technically not at the same management level as me out on a date?

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V. Jonas Urba

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A: Isolated or scattered remarks even if unwelcome are almost never severe.

Harassment must be severe or pervasive meaning it's recurring. Of course your employer might have a dating policy and violating that is at your own risk.

You might want to run it by HR. I have heard of some employers in NYC asking employees who date to sign "love contracts." I think that's ludicrous and probably not enforceable but if your company requires that think about it if you value your job or if you object to signing something like that.

If the person says no, dont proceed further. If the relationship affects the performance of their or your work you could both lose your jobs.

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