Supervisor Intrusive Behavior

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about an employee’s love life: Is that harassment? I feel as if she was trying to sabotage me.

My immediate supervisor often inquires with people I know about my love life, is that harassment? I feel as if she was trying to sabotage me.

Signed, Not Her Business

Dear Not Her Business:

You are hired to do a job. There are off-limit questions that employers should avoid. Sexual preference and pregnancy are two such areas. The same is true for after one is employed; however, I doubt that asking about your love life would be considered harassment unless such data were used to discriminate, such as withholding a promotion because you were said to be sleeping around.

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