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When David Letterman recently revealed that he had engaged in sexual relations with members of his staff, it was at once funny–with his deadpan delivery–and yet disturbing to the live audience and the viewing public. Much discussion ensued, but the question remains: Did he improperly use his position of power in an employer-employee relationship?

This story was followed by yet another case of a high-profile affair, between ESPN commentator Steve Phillips and a 22-year-old staffer. The employer, ESPN, took swift and decisive action, and terminated both employees.

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