Every company needs to consider a policy on workplace dating.
Without a clear policy, an office relationship can lead to charges of sexual harassment and legal consequences for the employer.
Potential legal liability When office romances go well, they can lead to long-lasting relationships.
But when love in the workplace goes sour, it may expose the company to potential legal liabilities.
VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY HUMAN RESOURCES POLICIES AND PROCEDURESSUBJECT: RELATIONSHIPS IN THE WORKPLACEEFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2015 Vanderbilt University strives to be a family-friendly workplace and is committed to maintaining an environment in which members of the University community can work together to further education, research, patient care and community service.
This policy provides guidelines for visitors in the workplace, family members working at Vanderbilt and relationships at work Children, family members, associates or friends are welcome for occasional, brief visits in the workplace.
Other workers may claim that the subordinate employee received preferential treatment.
For example, in 2007, a high-ranking executive at a major financial institution was forced to step down when it was discovered that he gave his girlfriend, another company employee, a pay raise.
(Check your state and local laws for exceptions, which do exist and are usually centered on employee privacy or limitations for employers on prohibiting nonwork activities.) However, even if legal, banning any work romantic involvement can come with its own consequences.Is it legal to fully prohibit employees from dating one another?