Appropriate vs inappropriate behaviour in the workplace: Sexual harassment

With the power of love making some silly, it is important to remember not to blur the lines (#queRobinThickeAndPharell) of appropriate and inappropriate behaviour within the workplace. While that special someone may be a co-worker, bear in mind that workplace romances may literally and figuratively end in tears. A co-worker may cry ‘wolf’ if the romantic relationship sours which may result in grievance proceedings or disciplinary action being taken, by the company, against the alleged ‘wolf’. Remember the judgement in Shoprite Checkers (Pty) Ltd // JL & the CCMA [2021](LC), where one employee showed another employee too much affection through a ‘friendly’ tap on the butt …? In case you need a refresher, you can download and read the judgement below.

A kind reminder that there is an appropriate and inappropriate way to show appreciation and affection towards co-workers!