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CBS 'No Secrets' Policy Doesn't Apply to Dave

10/6/2009 2:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

David LettermanDavid Letterman may have violated CBS rules on bosses having relationships with their employees, but there's a catch -- Dave doesn't work for CBS.

CBS has guidelines on the conduct of its employees -- the Business Conduct Statement. TMZ has a copy of a provision titled "Supervisor/Subordinate Relationships." It reads:

"CBS recognizes that consenting romantic or sexual relationships may develop between a supervisor and a subordinate (whether such supervision is direct or indirect). These relationships frequently lead to complications and significant difficulties for the supervisor, the subordinate, others in the workplace, and CBS. If a consenting romantic or sexual relationship between a supervisor and a direct or indirect subordinate should develop, CBS requires the supervisor to disclose this information to his or her Company's Human Resources Department to ensure that there are no issues of actual or apparent favoritism, conflict of interest, sexual harassment, or any other negative impact on others in the work environment."

The Statement continues: "Upon being informed or learning of the existence of such a relationship, CBS will take steps that it deems appropriate to protect the workplace environment."

That said .... Dave is not an employee of CBS. He's employed by Worldwide Pants (WWP), his production company. WWP says, "We have a written policy in our employee manual that covers harassment. It is circulated to every employee every year. Dave is not in violation of our policy and no one has ever raised a complaint against him."

We do not know if WWP has a policy of requiring employees to disclose relationships with subordinates.

We contacted CBS but the company declined comment.


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1851 days ago


CBS are you insane? Title 7 Federal prohibits this behavior. How dumb are your attorneys? The Plantiff lawyers are breaking speed records to find the dirt on this. Why? Millions of dollars, come on you cant be this stupid. Sexual harrassment suits with a the defendant confessing on national TV? This case settles itself, Margontough? Sp? Should be keeping tabs on Dave's assets to insure they are not being funneled to the Caymens.

1851 days ago


I am sick and tired of these stories about this old man. Who cares about his chetings??????!!!!!!! It is just the most regular thing in the world, men who cheated on his wifes!!!!! Let it go, TMZ!!!!!

1851 days ago


CBS should say thank you for the audience. This would have made them leaders...but I got it first...

1851 days ago

Kooky Fan    

I guess this didn't apply to Les Moonves and Julie Chen

1851 days ago


I allways liked Dave and will continue watching. at least he isnt hideing under a rock with it and openly admits and now doing what needs to be done. ^5'sDAVE you still ROCK!!

1851 days ago


CBS needs David Letterman.............they pay him $35 MILLION/YR.

Go figure! The top ten worked under WORLDPANTS,INC, which is owned by YOU KNOW WHO!


1851 days ago

NOT a unique name    

Not first cause I took time to read the story.

1851 days ago


I agree with poster #5. Les and Julie should be investigated too! It was Les that broke up his 20+ year marriage to his previous wife for the Chen-bot.

1851 days ago

republican mensa    

What a loser..puts down everyone else when he was doing the him he stinks tooth hillybilly

1851 days ago


Drop the show, CBS. First you allowed Bob Barker to abuse women, now you're enabling this jerk. Take a stand. Women are 51% of the viewership.

1851 days ago


Confessing doesn't make it right. I can't watch Dave any more.

1851 days ago

He makes me sick    

No, CBS shouldn't punish him. His wife should!!!

1851 days ago


@ # 10..............No, just someone called a HYPROCRITE! PEACE.

1851 days ago


Worldwide Pants? is this a joke? how freakin appropriate, ha! OMG Dave is a creep............this country is obsessed with corrupt people. Like mighty Obama for instance

1851 days ago
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