In fact, some organizations have policies that prohibit these types of relationships.According to Vault.com's 2010 Office Romance Survey, almost 60 percent of respondents admitted to having participated in some form of workplace romance.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).The Society for Human Resource Management and Career conducted a Workplace Romance survey in 2006 and found that only 9 percent of the HR professionals surveyed indicated that dating among employees was prohibited in their organizations.More than 70 percent did not have formal written or verbal policies dealing with romantic relationships.
What’s not legal, though, is to always have women be the ones who have to leave.
No-dating policies generally ban dating between a supervisor and their subordinate.
Employment attorney Anna Cohen, writing in HR Hero Online, suggests that no-dating policies can be problematic, as it is difficult to define exactly the type of behavior that will be restricted. United Parcel Services, the 7th Circuit appellate court upheld a no-dating policy that forbade managers from a romantic relationship with any hourly employee, as long as it was consistently enforced.
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.