Hal Barber was Alison Parker's boss at D&D Advertising. She first met him while parking when she dented his door as he was pulling in and she was getting out of her car. Later, after warming up to her, he invited her to a company party to learn the ropes of how things worked. After the party, however, Hal made a strong pass at Alison in her apartment before Billy Campbell stepped in and pretended to be Alison's husband.
When Alison went to work the next day, she learned that he was on his way out due to another co-worker filing sexual harassment charges against him.