It is common for relationships and attractions to develop in the workplace.
As an employer, it is important to ensure that these circumstances do not lead to incidents of sexual harassment.
Over time, however, these abusive patterns continue and a victim can become confused, anxious, isolated, and depressed, and they can lose all sense of what is actually happening.
Then they start relying on the abusive partner more and more to define reality, which creates a very difficult situation to escape.
In order to overcome this type of abuse, it’s important to start recognizing the signs and eventually learn to trust yourself again.
However, employers can also be liable for the actions of their employees. Employers should ensure that they address all complaints of sexual harassment with care.
They should also ensure that sexual conduct between employees, even if it is consensual, does not create an unpleasant and sexualised workplace for others.