Office romances aren’t a business liability as long as there are policies and procedures in place to ensure that employees’ personal lives remain personal and their work professional.
The company should also have a policy regarding sexual harassment.
(In addition to facing dismissal for fraternizing with a man, you also should not appear unescorted in public or dress immodestly.I carpool with a male coworker, and he and I have become friends.He would like to hang out and possibly go to the movies and such things together.He says: “As for reasonable suspicion, the law does not impose any sort of standard that the employer must meet before taking action.That is to say, the employer does not need admissions from the employees, or explicit emails, or video evidence.If indeed that’s how your company does it, that’s sex discrimination and is illegal.(Or at least it’s illegal if your company is big enough to be covered by federal discrimination statutes — meaning that it has 15 or more employees.) As for the question of whether they need reasonable suspicion, employers don’t generally need “proof” before taking disciplinary action against employees in matter, but because the issue of romantic relations is a sticky one, I turned to employment attorney Bryan Cavanaugh to weigh in.Legally speaking, in most states an employer can enact a policy that prohibits employees from dating one another.(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.Two of my coworkers have warned me to be careful, as there have just been rumors of people in the past possibly having relations and the woman was always the one to be terminated.It is indeed legal to prohibit dating between coworkers (with a few exceptions, such as in California, where courts have ruled that the state constitution provides broader privacy protection in employment matters).