My response is that you should only enact policies you intend to enforce consistently.
Let’s first consider a total ban on fraternization in the workplace (assuming you can clearly define “fraternization”).
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.
As a result, if you decide to enter into a dating relationship in the workplace, recognize the impact your conduct could have on the company and your professional future.
Bottom line Dating relationships between employees are inevitable. Some relationships work out, and the couple lives happily ever after. One thing is certain: Workplace relationships bring the potential for employer liability.
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"Employees have the right to work in an environment that is free from sex discrimination and retaliation." The conduct continued over time despite at least nine complaints to management, which failed to remedy the situation and allegedly created a hostile work environment for firefighters Jane Draycott and Paula Keyes.The Justice Department has sued the city of Houston over sex discrimination claims launched by two female firefighters who say their male coworkers tormented them by urinating on the women's bathroom walls and sinks and scrawling vulgar slurs on their belongings.Male firefighters allegedly turned off the cold water in showers to scald their female coworkers and disconnected speakers to prevent women from responding to calls in a string of bad behavior that eventually escalated to death threats, according to the lawsuit.There are a few less restrictive options, but they aren’t without their own issues.A “love contract” policy requires employees to report workplace relationships and sign an agreement stating that the relationship is consensual and they will follow the company’s antiharassment and antidiscrimination policies.The city did not comment on the suit, while the firefighters' union pushed to see more evidence released in the case and decried long-standing criticism of the department."Dozens of firefighters cooperated in the various investigations of this incident, but unfounded criticism of Houston firefighters has continued for years," Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association President Marty Lancton said.If they don’t stop dating, are you going to fire both of them?Because it has to be both of them, or you’ll open yourself up to disparate treatment claims. You can’t, or again, you’ll open yourself up to claims in future situations.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.