Josh Goodbaum Quoted in ABA Article about Consensual Romantic Relationships Between Law Firm Colleagues

Dec 16 2022

Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Fitzgerald & Pirrotti Partner Josh Goodbaum was recently quoted in an article published by the American Bar Association (ABA) about what to consider before dating a law firm colleague.

Josh discussed the power dynamics within a law firm, explaining that most law firms are (functional or legal) partnerships, which can make it difficult for employees to know who is in charge. As he said:

“Partnerships pose a more complicated problem as compared to a traditional hierarchical corporate structure because of the relatively few tiers, the very large ownership class, and the often unspoken ways in which the members of that ownership class relate to one another.”

As to consensual dating within that corporate structure, Josh added:

“When you’re thinking about a consensual relationship in a partnership environment, it poses problems. It’s not just a problem for the person at the top of the hierarchy opening himself or herself up to an allegation of sexual harassment; it’s a problem for the person on the bottom too, because it may affect how colleagues are going to think about his or her accomplishments.”

Josh has previously written an article in the firm’s Employee Rights Blog on tips for those who are considering consensual romantic relationships in the workplace. And Josh and Amanda DeMatteis recorded a video explaining the five different rules employees should keep in mind when dating a coworker.

The lawyers of Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Fitzgerald & Pirrotti, P.C. have been advocating for employee and civil rights throughout Connecticut for more than 45 years. From our offices in New Haven, we provide award-winning representation in all aspects of Connecticut employment law.

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