Dating at work gets trickier as City firms tighten policies

Becky Pritchard reports for Financial News “Romance at work has always been thorny. How do you figure out if a colleague likes you? When do you tell colleagues that you have become an item? And what happens if you break up? But in the wake of the #MeToo movement, which has prompted questions about consent, sexual harassment and power imbalances, dating colleagues has become a lot more complicated and more financial services employers are introducing policies requiring staff to declare relationships. Barclays, the UK bank, as well as Linklaters, Clifford Chance and Herbert Smith Freehills, the law firms, have all updated their policies or made them public this year. They all require employees to declare romantic relationships with colleagues that could pose a conflict of interest.”

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