What Should I Do About Rumors That I am Having an Affair with a Partner?

by admin 1. October 2013 15:18

Dear Jane,

I work predominantly for one partner. The big matter we are on requires a lot of travel, including international travel.  One of my friends at the firm just told me there is a rumor going around that the two of us are having an affair.  What should I do?

Sincerely, 

Only Working With Him

 

Dear Only Working With Him,

Gossip is very hurtful and sometimes has a very long tail.  I’d like to tell you that you could do nothing and it will all blow over, but that may not happen.  Even if your friend is willing to tell you who he/she heard the rumor from, and you then confront that person, you aren’t likely to get at the “source” of the rumor.  Probably the most fruitful thing you can do is to talk to your mentor, or if you don’t have one, a partner you work with often.  Seek their advice, counsel and assistance with quieting the rumor mill (or at least countering the rumor mill).  

Jane DiRenzo Pigott is the managing director of R3 Group LLC, specializing in working with professional service organizations on leadership and change in connection with diversity and inclusion. Before founding R3 Group, she practiced law for more than two decades at large law firms where she chaired a practice group, served on the executive management and compensation committees, and founded and ran diversity initiatives and affinity groups.

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