Accused of Affair with Coworker

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about an affair: This week we were called separately into the GM’s office and asked if we were in a sexual relationship.

Rumors of a coworker and I having an affair have been floating around for the last six weeks. We are both managers. I am new to the job. This week we were called separately into the GM’s office and asked if we were in a sexual relationship. Not sure why the GM asked me when he was told by the other manager we were not. I was really taken back, embarrassed and offended. I ended the discussion stating I felt uncomfortable continuing without HR present. I then contacted HR and explained what had transpired.I now have a meeting with the GM and HR this coming week. here is nothing to support the rumors. I’ve only been at this job for three months; I am not social with anyone from work. I do not have a social relationship with the manager I’m accused of having an affair with. We have never flirted, inappropriately joked or touched. We have walked openly across the street to have lunch at a deli and on a few occasions drove together with another manager, the three of us to lunch. We work together on sensitive matters such as drug & alcohol program and disciplinary issues and because of this are behind closed unlocked doors for brief periods of time. He is behind closed doors regularly with other managers and the female union rep. It is and has been strictly business between us.

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