Workplace romance can always be risky, especially if you’re having an affair with the boss.
A Brisbane manager, who was fired for having sex with one of his staff members while at work, this week, had his application for unfair dismissal rejected by the Fair Work Commission,
This comes as workplace experts warn bosses who have consensual relationships with their staff members are more liable for inappropriate conduct than their partners.
The Brisbane man, whose name has been suppressed, worked as “House Manager” in an organisation that provides support to young people in out-of-home care. He was dismissed for alleged gross misconduct after he used his position to gain access to an out-of-home care facility when a female employee was on duty, where they engaged in sexual activity.
The man argued that he was treated differently to the female employee, a youth worker, even though they did the same thing. He was dismissed while the female employee was allowed to resign, and due to the difference in treatment he had not received his long service leave.
Workplace law expert Kathryn Dent said it was inappropriate for a manager to be in a relationship with a subordinate if they were making decisions regarding their employment, including their salary.