Half of Britons 'have had an office fling'
More than half of British workers have had an office romance, new research has suggested.
Six in ten Britons admitted to having a relationship with a colleague, of which over a third (35%) were reported to have ended badly.
The research from employment law experts Slater and Gordon showed that of the 2,000 subjects questioned, 70% said that their relationship had had a negative impact on their career, and 17% said it had cost them their job.
Harriet Bowtell, employment lawyer at Slater and Gordon, said: "It is not surprising that relationships in the workplace are common.
"However, it is notable that such a large proportion of people said that the relationship had a negative impact on their career. This is especially so for the more junior employee in the relationship, who is often a woman.
"Our research shows that the woman can be treated worse than the man particularly when a relationship ends badly, including being passed over for promotion, side-lined or even forced out of her job."