SF Supe Avalos Affair Prompts City Hall to Change Workplace Romance Rules

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San Francisco City Hall is now revising its policy on romantic relationships in the workplace, after an affair was revealed last week between a San Francisco Supervisor and his Filipina legislative aide, according to a report by Filipino-American daily newscast in English "Balitang America" [ News in America], airing nationwide via DirecTV and via subscription on The Filipino Channel of ABS-CBN International.

The news report cites that officials in the city’s human resources department says the new policy will require elected officials to report romantic relationships with their subordinates to a third party. The rule would then require the subordinate to be reassigned to a new manager.

Last week, San Francisco supervisor, and former mayoral candidate, John Avalos publicly apologized for having an affair with his top office aide — Racquel Redondiez, a Filipina.

City Hall records show that Redondiez went on unpaid leave in May. Avalos, who represents the Exelsior district — the area with the highest number of Filipinos in San Francisco — separated from his wife this year. They have two children.

Read more and watch the video report here.