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Bosses: Don't do as Letterman did

David Letterman doesn't work for CBS, and Letterman's production company, Worldwide Pants, has said it has a sexual harassment policy that somehow allows Letterman's conduct. "Dave is not in violation of our policy and no one has ever raised a complaint against him," a company spokesman told the Los Angeles Times. But the extortion attempt related to his affairs with subordinates has set off alarm bells for many lawyers. Atlanta attorney Andria Ryan told the National Law Journal that while the public hears his confession and "says, 'Oh, what a shame for his wife, his family or his job,' my first reaction was, 'This is a sex harassment suit waiting to happen.'" San Francisco attorney Mark Askanas said the danger for employers is that other co-workers will see favoritism connected to the affair. "You can contain the relationship, but how do you contain the impact it has on other employees?" Askanas asked. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission saw 14,000 sexual harassment complaints in 2008, a 16 percent spike from 2007 and the first increase since 2000.

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