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A Duty To Act When Misbehavior Happens

Patricia Harned | November 7, 2006

In the company lunchroom, you overhear a group of employees talking about the new hire in accounting. “I heard he’s been dating Susan in accounts payable for a couple of months,” says one of them. “They met a while back … No wonder he got the job here!”

“Yeah,” another employee chirps. “I saw them out at a restaurant last week. Hot and heavy!”

“Seems like a bad idea to me,” says a third. “She’s not his boss, but she is a supervisor in his department. Wonder what management would think if they knew about it.”

Wonder, indeed! As the company’s ethics and compliance officer, your first instinct is to go directly to the CFO and alert him about the potential for trouble in his department. The company’s code of conduct prohibits relationships between employees and supervisors, and your job is to enforce that code.

But, you wonder if you should get more evidence before raising the issue. You didn’t see them canoodling; you...

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