Litigation Value: None.
I think The Office gods have been reading my blog entries and decided they’d give me an hour-long episode with very few legal issues.
In last night’s episode, three main characters made significant career moves. Dwight received the manager promotion, Andy quit his job to pursue fame, and Jim decided to stay in Scranton rather than pitch his other business nationwide. These actions alone create very few legal issues for the company to address.
Dwight’s promotion will eventually, of course, lead to all kinds of good legal issues to discuss. I’m sure there will be all kinds of weird directives, decisions, and comments that will keep this blog busy as the season winds down. I’m guessing that Angela’s confession to Oscar that she’s in love with Dwight, her supervisor, will lead to an entire blog about sexual harassment involving supervisors. That blog post will discuss how even if the relationship truly is consensual (i.e., not a quid pro quo situation where a supervisor expects the relationship to continue in exchange for certain treatment), the problem remains that the relationship creates a conflict of interest. In other words, Angela’s co-workers might sense a certain level of favoritism toward her. That blog will also discuss how the level of sexual banter may increase in the workplace when consenting employees are in a romantic relationship in the office. This could lead to sexual harassment claims, and when a supervisor is involved, many of a company’s traditional affirmative defenses are inapplicable. Unfortunately for me, that blog is only theoretical. Maybe Angela and Dwight will not get together in the end?