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  •  wouldn't be the question then (1+ / 0-)
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    to what he is more addicted, alcohol or online gay sex? Both wouldn't be criminal, as long as you don't have the sexual encounter with a minor or with a person, who is dependent on you at your workplace.

    Just was thinking about a boss having an affair with a consenting adult woman. If the woman gets mad at him, she comes out and says she was sexually harrassed by him and can go to court. If both are all but consenting and happy, chances are they don't have to cover up their affair and come out with it openly and get married.

    Gays wouldn't have the same option yet, right? Basically my question is, can you be openly gay and have a relationship with your consenting inferior co-worker, or is that automatically illegal, as there is a work relationship of employer to employee involved?

    Power ought to serve as a check to power - Montesquieu, 1748

    by mimi on Mon Oct 02, 2006 at 08:56:14 PM PDT

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    •  clarification: I meant an affair between boss and (0+ / 0-)

      secretary, for example.

      Power ought to serve as a check to power - Montesquieu, 1748

      by mimi on Mon Oct 02, 2006 at 08:57:55 PM PDT

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    •  Actually... (1+ / 0-)
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      What he did is criminal, thanks to the laws he passed.  

      Relationships with co-workers who are benieth you is not automatically illegal, as far as I know.  Probably frowned upon, but not illegal.

      "No government has the right to tell its citizens whom to love. The only queer people are those who don't love anybody." - Rita Mae Brown (-4.75, -7.13)

      by AUBoy2007 on Mon Oct 02, 2006 at 09:08:29 PM PDT

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    •  Well, issue is predatory sexual advances. But . (1+ / 0-)
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      No federal law banning sexual harassment based on same-sex affinity, although individual federal agencies have written policies adding sexual orientation to list of protected categories.  In layment's terms, federal policy prohibits same sex sexual harassment.  

      That said, Scott Bloch, a Bush appointee to the Office of Special Counsel of OPM, attempted to reverse that policy in '04 (after swearing during confirmation he wouldn't do so), HERE, but that was beat back after Congress got involved.  

      Foley would come under a different set of rules in Congress.  Senator Bob Packwood (Dem) had to resign over sexual harassment of women after the Senate Ethics Committee unanimously concluded he should be expelled from Senate.  HERE.  Packwood also cited alcoholism and blackouts as at least a  part of his problem.  HERE.    

      These guys give drunks a bad name.  :)

      Had enough? Vote Democrat, 2006.

      by DC Scott on Mon Oct 02, 2006 at 09:27:15 PM PDT

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