Sex-romp couple 'out of the office'

LEFT THE LIGHTS ON: The Marsh Ltd office workers inadvertently put on a show for patrons at a nearby bar.
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LEFT THE LIGHTS ON: The Marsh Ltd office workers inadvertently put on a show for patrons at a nearby bar.

Two insurance workers involved in a Friday night office romp appear not to be at work today while their bosses investigate. 

Marsh Ltd said today the company was "working through it internally" and would not comment further. 

When phoned on their office lines, colleagues said the man and woman were "out of the office", and the man did not answer his work cellphone.  

The Marsh Ltd employees, who left the lights on during their romantic encounter in the Papanui Rd office, could lose their jobs or at least face formal warnings, employment lawyers say. 

Carlton Bar and Eatery patrons across the road from the office posted photos of the incident on social media, and the pair were quickly identified. 

A source close to the man involved, who holds a managerial role in the company, said the man was married with children. 

His wife was not speaking to him and he had been crying "non-stop" since the romp went public, the source said. 

The female colleague has deleted her Facebook page.

Online media expert Mark McGuire said the incident showed how much technology had allowed the world to instantly view people's private lives. 

The pair were "reckless", he said, and it would be tough for them to argue that they believed no-one would see them, as a cleaner or colleague could have walked in. 

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"There is almost no border now between private and public because to publish is so easy," he said.

"It does make it harder to get away with something if your actions are made public in a way you can't deny.  

"It's something we are going to see more of." 

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Employment lawyer Kathryn Dalziel said earlier that the pair could not have a "reasonable expectation of privacy" when the encounter took place with windows unobscured, with the lights on and opposite a bar.

The question for Marsh Ltd bosses would be whether the encounter damaged the company's reputation. 

If a disciplinary inquiry found the encounter did not amount to serious misconduct, the pair might escape with a warning, she said. 

Marsh Ltd chief executive Grant Milne said earlier that the company was taking the matter seriously. 

"It's not the type of behaviour we condone. It's very disappointing, " he said.

 - The Press

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