Valentine’s Day: A Dozen Examples of Office Romance Gone Awry
Valentine’s Day brings to mind thoughts of a dozen roses, but this week we bring you a dozen examples of how office “sweethearts” can make morale wither in your workplace and cause liability to bloom.
The following examples come from companies located across the country:
- Best Buy experienced fallout at the top level after allegations about the CEO’s affair with a subordinate came to light. An investigation into the interaction of Brian Dunn, the 59-year-old married Best Buy CEO, with a 29-year-old lower-level employee resulted in Dunn’s resignation. About one month later, one of Best Buy's founders, Richard Schulze, resigned after an internal audit alleged that he turned the other cheek to the conduct and failed to alert board members.
- Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Mark Hurd resigned from HP in August 2010 following an investigation into his alleged misuse of company funds related to his dealings with an outside contractor (and former Playboy model) who worked for HP from 2007 to 2009.