Will My Husband be Fired if I Tell About His Office Affair?

A question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about whether or not an employer would fire two people who are having an affair. 

Question:
My husband was recently promoted to a high level manager’s position in an industrial plant. He was placed on what is called a hiring panel with the HR manager to recruit and hire new employees. The HR manager is also married.

Shortly after working together and her sending many inappropriate text messages to him all hours of the day/night, he began the affair with her. She recently put him in for a company recognition award which he got.

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Affair Between Employee and My Husband

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about an affair.

My husband had an affair with one of our employees. I still have to work under the same roof as her. The mental anguish is killing me! Do I have no right to fire her?

Signed, Tortured Mentally

Dear Tortured Mentally:

You may wish to consult an attorney to make sure there are no issues involved that could create problems for you and the business. The main one I can think of is if you are a business of over a few employees (which would put you under EEO requirements) and this employee claims she was forced to have a relationship but you fired her for it. Then, the matter could become a sexual harassment issue if she chose to pursue it in that way.

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