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Intel chief exec Brian Krzanich has quit after his “past consensual relationship” with an employee came to light. Staff flings are frowned upon in US corporate tech world. As such, Intel company policy bans bosses from having relationships with people who report to them, directly or indirectly. In a statement issued within …

  1. SVV Silver badge

    non-fraternization policy

    Sounds like he took "Intel Inside" a bit too literally.

    1. Aristotles slow and dimwitted horse Silver badge
      Pint

      Re: non-fraternization policy

      Brilliant. Have a pint for making me spill my glass of water...

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      1. Sammy Smalls

        Re: non-fraternization policy

        I wonder if he made the Intel chime at the critical moment...

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: non-fraternization policy

      with his little blue man.

    4. TReko

      Re: non-fraternization policy - Intel Insider

      The Intel "inside" was Insider Trading - he sold a $24M of his Intel shares when he heard about Spectre, but before Intel made it public to stockholders.

    5. Shadow Systems Silver badge

      Re: non-fraternization policy

      Damn it, you owe me a new keyboard!

      *Lifts a tankard in toast of your excellent post*

      Cheers, you bastard! XD Hahahahahahhha...

    6. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: non-fraternization policy

      Krzanich should’ve claimed he was merely executing a speculative action on the employee which he then rolled back when he realised he'd ‘taken the wrong branch’. Of course someone could’ve still found out about it because of Spectre. He’ll have definitely suffered from some cash leakage.

    7. stanimir

      Re: non-fraternization policy

      Bloody brilliant!

      Yet, I'd think it has way more to do with the fiasco 10mm process is... and the inside trading allegations due to dumping all the stock he possibly could by end of the last year. Again, an excellent pun.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Similar thing at HP

    I worked for a boss at HP who was (allegedly) caught shagging a member of staff who was under him. Both literally and on the org chart from the sounds of it.

    Must be an American thing, I'm sure an British company would hush it up.

    A French company would shrug.

    And Italian company would openly admit it.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Similar thing at HP

      Must be an American thing

      What, shagging the workforce after approving a policy that says "no shagging the workforce"?

      If the relationship were an abuse of power that should be dealt with harshly under harassment policies; Anything else really ought to be left to the adults involved.

      1. fandom Silver badge

        Re: Similar thing at HP

        As usual, real life is more complicated than that.

        Who can say if relationship is consentual because the underling feared being fired?

        Who can say if the underlings are trying to seduce their managers to get a promotion?

        This kind of policy is not there just to prevent the company from being sued but to try to protect both managers and the managed.

        1. BillG Silver badge
          Mushroom

          Re: Similar thing at HP

          @fandom is right. These things are always a lot more complicated than the public is told. In huge companies some C-level exec is always screwing around with a subordinate. It's a pretty well-known secret and it's not only consensual, but it's usually initiated by the subordinate.

          My guess is there was either a lot more drama than we're being told, or someone wanted Krzanich out.

          1. Anonymous Coward
            Anonymous Coward

            Re: Similar thing at HP

            > It's a pretty well-known secret and it's not only consensual, but it's usually initiated by the subordinate.

            The subordinate is just asking for it, eh? Eh?

            1. Anonymous Coward
              Anonymous Coward

              Re: Similar thing at HP

              Power is a well know aphrodisiac, ex deputy PM John Prescott is a prime example.

              Mind bleach time

          2. fidodogbreath Silver badge

            Re: Similar thing at HP

            My guess is there was either a lot more drama than we're being told, or someone wanted Krzanich out.

            Not necessarily. Intel has a pretty conservative corporate culture.

          3. JohnFen Silver badge

            Re: Similar thing at HP

            Or news of the relationship became public knowledge within Intel, and they had to be seen as being consistent in the application of the rules.

        2. Cynic_999 Silver badge

          Re: Similar thing at HP

          "

          Who can say if relationship is consensual because the underling feared being fired?

          Who can say if the underlings are trying to seduce their managers to get a promotion?

          "

          IMO it doesn't matter WHY it is consensual, so long as it genuinely is consensual. Or should we decide that any sex is rape if one of the parties hopes to gain some advantage or avoid a disadvantage from the relationship?

          If an employee reckons they were fired because they refused to have sex with the boss, then that's a matter that should be dealt with the same as any other allegation of unfair dismissal, and if proven THEN the boss in question should be fired (and face criminal prosecution).

          If they are doing it to gain approval & promotion, then it's no different than any other way of arse-licking (except in this case it might be literal).

          1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

            Re: Similar thing at HP

            Who can say if relationship is consensual because the underling feared being fired?

            I think Mrs Bezos and Mrs Gates appear content

            1. Gigabob

              Re: Similar thing at HP

              Neither Mr. Bezo's, nor Mr. Gates were married at the time. BK was.

              1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

                Re: Similar thing at HP

                Neither Mr. Bezo's, nor Mr. Gates were married at the time. BK was.

                That was the point, both of them married underlings.

                Presumably forcing them into a relationship by their oppressive position in the corporate male hierarchy

        3. Dodgy Geezer Silver badge

          Re: Similar thing at HP

          ..This kind of policy is not there just to prevent the company from being sued but to try to protect both managers and the managed....

          That's just what's wrong with modern life. Too many people trying to protect other people from something that they want to do on the grounds that it could be misused....

        4. Updraft102 Silver badge

          Re: Similar thing at HP

          Who can say if relationship is consentual because the underling feared being fired?

          The underling. If it was consensual (no t) and the underling changes his/her mind, that's the risk you take being an overling who consorts with underlings.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Similar thing at HP

      >I worked for a boss at HP who was (allegedly) caught shagging a member of staff who was under him

      How do you know she wasn't on top ?

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        How do you know she wasn't on top ?

        From the org(asm) chart....

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Similar thing at HP

        > How do you know she wasn't on top ?

        How do you know it was a 'she'?

      3. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Similar thing at HP

        Intel folk are very particular about lining their stuff up with the notch.

        Probably had to add some thermal goo to keep things from getting too hot.

        1. Shadow Systems Silver badge

          At the AC, re: the notch.

          Nah, the underling had a ZIF socket for that. ;-P

      4. Teiwaz Silver badge

        Re: Similar thing at HP

        How do you know she wasn't on top ?

        Depends on whether 'caught' was meant literally. Some sort of red-handed and possibly red-cheeked fashion - precariously on a desk maybe (hope it was at least pre desktop PCs, or at least post CRT) the witness would know.

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    3. Rainer

      Re: Similar thing at HP

      My brother works at a French University. At another department, a professor was screwing his secretary.

      It worked well, until someone reported it. Apparently, the French also have regulations against this (Mon dieu!) and the professor was sacked and the secretary is since then sick at home.

      Because the professor is suing the university, they couldn't hire a replacement and his department is/was headless for a while.

      So, it's not all "nudge-nudge wink-wink" in France either anymore.

    4. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Similar thing at HP

      Perhaps he'll also get a job at Oracle.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Similar thing at HP

        > Perhaps he'll also get a job at Oracle.

        I thought that advance wasn't appreciated. Nor was hiring someone because you wanted the chance to make advances.

    5. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Similar thing at HP

      At HP the rules weren't just to limit fraternisation between boss and someone who reports to her. The rules also forbade relationships between people in the same part of the organisation. When I left my former wife and shacked up with another engineer on the team we had to go and have a chat with our manager. Fortunately she decided to just ignore the rules and say "Can I trust to two to be adult about this". I know they also ran it past their bosses boss who was also OK with it. But we'd fully expected one of us to have to move to a completely different part of the company.

      Mind, later on teams in the US tried on more than one occasion to hire us over as a pair.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Similar thing at HP

        >>later on teams in the US tried on more than one occasion to hire us over as a pair.<<

        Probably hoping that you want to stay together and won't be indulging in any repeats

    6. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Similar thing at HP

      > Must be an American thing,

      Exactly my thoughts. Sounds like a flimsy excuse to inflict some of that weird American puritanism upon the workforce.

      Surely if you cannot shag your co-workers because of "fraternization", going out for drinks / on those idiotic company weekends / etc., must be utterly out of the question too?

      1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

        Re: Similar thing at HP

        going out for drinks / on those idiotic company weekends / etc., must be utterly out of the question too?

        Following the #metoo some companies over here have gone crazy.

        One corp is supposedly banning men/women staying in the same hotel on trips or sharing a hire car

        .

      2. CarbonLifeForm

        Re: Similar thing at HP

        It's new puritanism thanks to feminism.

        The underlying thought isn't 'how dare you have sex' but rather 'how dare you abuse your power, white chauvinist pig' and yes, the scolds will call it rape due to the power imbalance.

        It's not rape legally or in any rational sense of course, but to the Politically Correct crowd, it essentially is viewed as rape.

    7. DiViDeD Silver badge

      Re: Similar thing at HP

      An Italian company would openly admit celebrate it.

      There, FTFY

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Similar thing at HP

        A client of mine, Dutch multinational, used to be incredibly accommodating with these sorts of things. They would try to arrange it so that partners who were also employees would have time compatible work schedules, time off together, etc. Apart from that, when one partner was going somewhere interesting, I have seen them give the other partner time off and sort out visas for them too, even though just one of them was involved in doing business during the trip.

        It worked extremely well for everyone involved and shows how it is possible if you want it done.

        Also because I thought they were so decent I went the extra mile many a time for them, which I would not normally do for any other client.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Similar thing at HP

          At HP you certainly weren't allowed to shag fellow employees in the corporate jet. That was a bit of a no no. The pilots & flight staff objected to having to "wipe down" planes after certain executives used them in more ways than one ..... it wasn't in their job description. Yes. HP did have formal job grades and job descriptions for pilots. But that was in the old days. You notice I didn't say the good old days.

          1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

            Re: Similar thing at HP

            At HP you certainly weren't allowed to shag fellow employees in the corporate jet

            Political correctness gone mad.

            First the socialists want to ban shagging on the corporate jet, next they will want corporate jets for all

    8. kain preacher Silver badge

      Re: Similar thing at HP

      A CEO Shagging an employee opens them up to sexual harassment suit.

  3. adnim Silver badge

    For a Chief exec:

    "..the board has accepted Mr. Krzanich’s resignation."

    For a shop floor worker:

    "..the human resources department has dismissed Joe Blogs.

    How come management get to resign yet non-management staff are fired?

    1. Pascal Monett Silver badge

      Because to a manager you can say : resign or you will be fired for gross misconduct.

      They don't bother giving the choice to the worker because he can't afford to resign.

      1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

        Over here in left-pondian land non-managers who want to leave normally ask to be fired.

        That way you get to claim medical benefits sooner

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        > "... he can't afford to resign."

        He can't resign because his job is just that, a job. The management are supposed to be similar to officers in the military, entrusted to handle company matters properly, and are considered to always be on probation. If they fail to maintain personal standards they are expected to walk away on their own.

        It's elitist, yes, but it's how society has arranged things forever, so I guess it works, sorta.

      3. David Nash Silver badge

        Can't afford to resign?

        Surely resignation looks better on the CV. How does resigning cost more than being fired for breaching policy?

    2. Anonymous Cow Herder

      Re: For a Chief exec:

      Agreed adnim,. have an upvote.

      "..the board has accepted Mr. Krzanich’s resignation." should read "..the board has accepted Mr. Krzanich’s resignation, which they asked him to write".

  4. Roj Blake Silver badge

    CV

    Time to dust off my CV then!

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: CV

      Have you been caught in flagante too?

      1. 2+2=5 Silver badge
        Joke

        Re: CV

        > Have you been caught in flagante too?

        CV = coitus volante = (I don't give) a flying fuck

      2. Solarflare

        Re: CV

        Have you been caught in flagante too?

        I read that as 'flangegate' first, I need stronger coffee.

  5. Nunyabiznes

    special envelope

    Someone must have had this tucked away for awhile waiting for Brian to piss them off.

    I didn't know Simon worked for Intel...

  6. LDS Silver badge
    Joke

    Maybe she was the HR manager promoted to manage security after Meltdown/Spectre?

    That would explain a lot about how things were going at Intel.

    And of course the CEO insider trading issue has nothing to do with this...

  7. Aristotles slow and dimwitted horse Silver badge

    Eh?

    Not being an American I don't understand this. How can your employer possibly dictate who you can see outside of the workplace? And how can those terms possibly be enforceable legally?

    However, kudos to him as it seems he's made the right choice and put his relationship over his job.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Eh?

      >Not being an American I don't understand this. How can your employer possibly dictate who you can see outside of the workplace?

      It's very standard. All part and parcel of the code of ethics you sign up to when you take the job.

      1. Dodgy Geezer Silver badge

        Re: Eh?

        How can a company demand a 'code of ethics'?

        That would certainly not make sense to an English Gentleman....

    2. Hollerithevo Silver badge

      Re: Eh?

      But it wasn't outside the workplace. Not to start with, and I suspect perhaps for some time durign the affair (those supply rooms...). I have worked for a boss who was shagging ateam mate and since it was quietly known, and we also saw said shagee getting preferential treatment, being let off the hook, going on amazing businss trips as 'support', yeah, I can see why companies frown on this sort of thing, because the rest of the team were demotivated and fed up. It lasted about six weeks, and suddenly the shagee was gone. A bit of tough career choice, as it turned out.

    3. JohnFen Silver badge

      Re: Eh?

      "How can your employer possibly dictate who you can see outside of the workplace?"

      Technically, they don't. I've worked at Intel, and their policy is pretty clear -- it's a condition of the job that you don't maintain a relationship with someone you are in a position of authority over. They aren't saying you can't have such a relationship, but if you do then one of you either has to take a different position so that there isn't a supervisory work relationship, or one of you has to leave.

      It's a subtle distinction, I know, but they aren't dictating who you can or can't see, they're dictating the conditions you must meet to keep a particular position.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Eh?

        Having "dated" colleagues a few times in my youth it's fair to say it's not good unless you can finish amicably or one of you is already planning on leaving.

        Now back in the UK for a US-based multinational we have the annual ethics training bollix, and stuff like this is included every time. It's all about avoiding conflicts of interest and trying to ensure staff are equally [mis]treated by management.

        At least being home based does have some advantages...

        1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

          Re: Eh?

          In some places you might not have much choice, if you live in Seattle or Cupertino you never meet anyone who isn't at Amazon or Apple, except the staff at Starbucks

          1. JohnFen Silver badge

            Re: Eh?

            Since I see a lot of people getting confused on this point, I think it's important to emphasize what, exactly, is being prohibited.

            There is no prohibition against having relationships with your coworkers generally. That's perfectly fine as far as Intel is concerned. The prohibition is against having relationships with your subordinates.

      2. Dodgy Geezer Silver badge

        Re: Eh?

        Sex is by no means the only way someone can have a relationship with someone else. People can simply be good friends.

        I assume that American companies would want to ban that too. Otherwise, they are simply saying that the act of sex is the key thing they are uncomfortable about. Which fits with American puritanism....

        1. JohnFen Silver badge

          Re: Eh?

          Sex isn't what's prohibited. It's close close relationships. The prohibition applies equally to family relationships: you can't have a subordinate who is a close relative.

          1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

            Re: Eh?

            Sex isn't what's prohibited. It's close close relationships.

            But that's only what they act on.

            Having a subordinate in the same <funny handshake>lodge</funny handshake> or buying/selling a house to a subordinate would be fine ?

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Maybe he's leaving because there is another bigger issue brewing on the horizon and this is just an excuse? He can even sell stock without raising eyebrows.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      He can even sell stock without raising eyebrows.

      "He can even sell stock without raising eyebrows."

      Has he got much left to sell? Didn't eyebrows already get raised in 2017 after he sold everything he could, after the security hiccup was discovered and before the shot hit the fan in public. Further reading includes:

      https://www.fool.com/investing/2017/12/19/intels-ceo-just-sold-a-lot-of-stock.aspx

      "[...] given that Krzanich seems to have sold all the shares he could save for those he is required by Intel's corporate bylaws to hold, the impression that I get is that Krzanich doesn't have a ton of faith in the potential for Intel stock to appreciate, perhaps driven by a lukewarm (or potentially even negative) view of the company's near- to medium-term business prospects.

      After all, considering that Intel CFO Robert Swan reportedly said in a memo seen by The Oregonian that the company aims to boost its market capitalization to $300 billion (implying a share price north of $60) by 2021, wouldn't it have been wiser for Krzanich to hold those shares, collecting about a quarter of a million dollars per year in dividend payouts, before until they gained another $16 in value each, totaling nearly $4 million in additional value?

      Indeed, considering that Krzanich claimed back in February that Intel's total addressable market is now on track to hit $220 billion by 2021, it seems strange that with all these growth opportunities ahead of Intel he'd choose to keep only the shares that he's required to by Intel's rules.

      [...]"

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Insider Trading vs Fraternisation.....

    @LDS

    Yup.....Brian dumped a huge amount of Intel stock JUST BEFORE Meltdown/Spectre became public knowledge.

    *

    Screwing your shareholders is obviously MUCH LESS of a problem than other types of screwing!

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Insider Trading vs Fraternisation.....

      > "Yup.....Brian dumped a huge amount of Intel stock JUST BEFORE Meltdown/Spectre became public knowledge."

      He also knew that intel's 10nm process just doesn't work. I suspect his 'resignation' is the boards way of punishing him for this cockup.

    2. stanimir

      Re: Insider Trading vs Fraternisation.....

      >Brian dumped a huge amount of Intel stock

      The dump was like 32 times bigger than the initial plan.

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    confused

    So gets the sack for screwing an employee but gets away with screwing customers.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: confused

      Perhaps a "convenient" excuse on both sides to get him out of the company. For Intel "we see no need to investigate share dealing as the individual is no longer at the company" and for him "I didn't resign to avoid having my share dealings investigated - they fired me"

      1. Anonymous Cow Herder

        Re: confused

        I hope your not implying that the affair was instigated by the board as a way to get rid of the CEO without it looking like the company screwed up. Gonna need a whole lot of counselling for the individual that took one for the team.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: confused

      You should blame AMD for not being competitive enough during those years.

      Might change with the Ryzen chips.

  11. Sideways

    Screws an employee gets the sack, screws the customer gets pats on back.

  12. NanoMeter

    He shouldn't have put his "Intel" inside.

  13. Ken Moorhouse Silver badge

    Staff flings are frowned upon in US corporate tech world

    No such thing as a "family run business" in the US then?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Staff flings are frowned upon in US corporate tech world

      These sorts of policies are in large measure a product of our excessive lawyer-to-human ratio.

    2. JohnFen Silver badge

      Re: Staff flings are frowned upon in US corporate tech world

      Not every US company has policies like this, although they are common in the major corporations. There are plenty of "family run companies".

      The reason for these policies is easy to understand -- it's primarily to avoid the appearance of favoritism.

      1. Adam 52 Silver badge

        Re: Staff flings are frowned upon in US corporate tech world

        "it's primarily to avoid the appearance of favoritism."

        Would much prefer that they avoid actual favouritism.

        It will forever be my shame that, when a director, I once voted for a policy to avoid the appearance of conflict of interest.

      2. Dodgy Geezer Silver badge

        Re: Staff flings are frowned upon in US corporate tech world

        I don't think that the Americans understand these things.

        You don't need to 'avoid the appearance of favoritism'. You need to avoid favoritism.

        The English have the concept of 'gentlemanly behaviour' - which covers the situation completely. Perhaps the Yanks could try it?

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          "The English have the concept of 'gentlemanly behaviour'"

          The mask British wear while actually acting the opposite way?

          1. Dodgy Geezer Silver badge

            Re: "The English have the concept of 'gentlemanly behaviour'"

            ...The mask British wear while actually acting the opposite way?...

            It's legal nowadays.... :)

        2. JohnFen Silver badge

          Re: Staff flings are frowned upon in US corporate tech world

          "You don't need to 'avoid the appearance of favoritism'. You need to avoid favoritism."

          You need to avoid both. The idea is that the appearance of favoritism should be treated exactly the same as actual favoritism. A concept with which I agree completely.

        3. Dodgy Geezer Silver badge

          Re: Staff flings are frowned upon in US corporate tech world

          Wow! Four Americans?

      3. Anonymous Cow Herder

        Re: Staff flings are frowned upon in US corporate tech world

        There are plenty of "family run companies".

        The White house, for example.

  14. StuntMisanthrope Bronze badge

    The Blue Chip Business...

    There's only one rule, don't get caught with your hands down your pants, unless there's a ring on it?! #zeroswherethemoneysat #itsbehindyou #toosoon

    1. StuntMisanthrope Bronze badge

      Re: The Blue Chip Business...

      Whilst we're talking of bored wankers, within the CxO suite, there's a few of other titular vocations that could perform on demand...

  15. israel_hands

    The Fonz Has Let Himself Go...

    ...Was my first thought on seeing the photo attached to the article.

    On the issue of relationships within a company, in my experience it's usually fine if there's a degree of separation between the two parties (different departments, etc) but within the same team is a recipe for disaster and between direct reports is horribly open to abuse and favouritism, so I can see why they're banned in a lot of places.

    1. Roj Blake Silver badge

      Re: The Fonz Has Let Himself Go...

      What I never understood is that if the Fonz was so cool, why was he always hanging around with a bunch of total losers?

  16. StuntMisanthrope Bronze badge

    Chaps (and I might be hallucinating, a girl), I don't Adam an Eve it!?!

    Even Chipzilla's been infiltrated, there's only one board member and brain left, keep a close eye or it'll be curtains. #yesspellingandcountin

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  17. Mike 16 Silver badge

    Intel might be a bit skittish

    because of a certain founder's propensity for this sort of thing.

    Not that it doesn't happen elsewhere. My workplace affair was with someone from another department entirely, but then, I wasn't a CEO. There were plenty of folks who spent a fair bit of time on mahogany row and had no apparent responsibilities. Thus has it ever been.

  18. whitepines Silver badge

    And this is the company we trust with our secrets*? Doesn't seem very ... trustworthy. At the least this would have made great blackmail fodder before coming to light!

    * Remember the ME backdoor (that Intel can still technically use)?

  19. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I get fucked by my boss every month........when I read my pay check.

  20. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Maybe his huge stock disposal had some inpact

    In Dec. 2017 he dumped a ton of Intel stock to the surprise of many. This was shortly before the CPU security defects were announced publicly. Many believe there is much more to the firing than what Intel has stated in their PR.

  21. Anonymous Coward
    Facepalm

    should have gone earlier

    he had too many other reasons to quit,

    like him waiting to telling people about Intel flaws until his share sale happened.

  22. Claverhouse Bronze badge

    Well, I feel safer using Intel products now.

  23. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Tick Tock

    It became Dick Cock.

    On a more serious note, is workplace dating discouraged? Is it conventional wisdom to 'not get your honey at where you make your money'? Or it's only 'abuse of power' when a top executive does it with a wench far down the hierarchy?

  24. Potemkine! Silver badge

    Consensual Relationship

    ... can get you fired?? WTF!

    It's political correctness gone mad.

  25. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I was associated with, not working for, one of the big mainframe companies in the 80s. One of the first acts of the newly appointed "celebrity" CEO was to run a talent search throughout the whole company world-wide for a "personal assistant" - it was understood that only females should apply. Cue much ribald comment. In due course the appointment of the winning candidate was announced, she'd been a junior software engineer., which was a not a obvious skill set for PA. She must have been very talented in other areas to be able to take over what is actually a high stress, full-on job.

    In due course, they were quietly married. Different times,

  26. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Question is, how did a "past consensual relationship" like this, "come to light"? Did SHE report it, out of spite? There's no mention of her being fired and this being a result of that. So,who reported it? Another staffer who did NOT get a Shag with the CEO to push their promotion agenda? Or someone who wanted this CEO out and needed a reason? And what sort of evidence is there of this "consensual relationship" other than her word against his?

    1. Gigabob

      This is why you don't have one

      Reported by a subordinate. A "Secret" affair is virtually impossible to have these days.

  27. Stevie Silver badge

    Bah!

    Insert crass plug/socket "joke" here.

  28. Gigabob

    Who was BK Bangin?

    Was disappointed to see the Register settle for cut and paste on an AP feeder story. Was expecting to get the dirt on who BK was banging and how the cash leakage would impact Brandee.

  29. Gigabob

    BK Bundle becomes BK Bungle

    This time the "BK Bundle" is about a whopper and a Hot Taco. Doesn't this just take great Intel marketing to the next level with Intel Inside Her?

  30. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    More than what meets the eye

    I am sure something must he boiling inside... and this was an easy "steam" out - before the "SEC hits the ceiling with the inside trading" case

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