We all know or have heard about couples who met at work, fell in love, and lived happily ever after.
Given the number of hours we spend at our jobs, it’s not surprising that many love matches have been made in the workplace. But even if they do, the potential problems employers face from romances at work should not be ignored.
This helps to protect the company from later charges that the relationship was not consensual and constituted sexual harassment.
With this type of policy, the employees would also have to notify you whenever a relationship ends.
It’s not a tough list to piece together and here are just a few, in no particular order: Miller involved a prison warden who had consensual affairs with three of the female corrections officers.
According to the plaintiff (another female corrections officer), the three paramours received preferential treatment regarding promotions and transfers.
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.
While love can make one do crazy things An added complication is that one or both partners involved in a workplace romance may be married or in a relationship outside of the workplace.If there are not policies, should there be set guidelines?These are still questions that many companies are trying to answer.In a 2006 survey published by the Society for Human Resource Management and Career Journal.com, 80% of human resources professionals and 60% of employees polled said that there should not be a romance between a supervisor and subordinate.(Interestingly, that 80% for HR professionals represented an increase from the prior year’s results while the 60% for employees represented a 10% decrease.) And only 26% of employees polled believe that romance at work should not be between people with a significant rank difference.