The situation is also likely to lead to claims of favoritism by other employees—which could have their own legal bases but, in any event, will affect morale.
To policy or not to policy I’m often asked whether a company should have a policy against dating in the workplace.
Let’s first consider a total ban on fraternization in the workplace (assuming you can clearly define “fraternization”).
Chain-of-command issues One of the most troubling scenarios of dating in the workplace involves a relationship that forms between a supervisor and a subordinate.
No matter how consensual the relationship may seem, there is always a chance that the subordinate will later claim that he was coerced into the relationship by the supervisor.
by Kylie Crawford Ten Brook According to a 2012 Stanford University sociology study, 10 percent of people meet their spouses at work. Unfortunately, not all relationships end well, and when they don’t, employers can face harassment and retaliation claims.
Although most businesses have no rules about office relationships, now may be the time—while the office is awash in hearts and the fragrance of flowers—to decide what’s best for your workplace.