With friends like these...

Business owner hired friend as assistant but several rocky months later was accused of sexual harassment and bullying
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 02/10/2010

Flaring tempers and risqué jokes

When a businessman is looking to hire someone to work for him in his office and knows of a friend who he thinks will fit well with the job, it may be tempting to just hire the friend right away. After all, having someone you know well and get along with working for you can be a great situation. On the other hand, what passes between friends on a casual basis may not translate as well in the workplace environment and it could be tempting to take advantage of that relationship.