Rules about dating coworkers
Cohen suggests that banning or limiting dating between supervisors and subordinates is the most important aspect of a dating policy.
Maria Stewart, a partner at Austin law firm Brown Mc Carroll LLP, suggests in the Austin Business Journal that policies on dating should include a way to report relationships that have turned hostile, and that employers must be on guard against any circumstances that could amount to harassment.
Of course, even if you avoid dating an assistant when you’re a VP and vice versa, you could find yourself in a spot where either you or your partner gets promoted over the other. Not every office romance leads to lifetime commitment, and that’s fine — as long as both participants have thought long and hard about the consequences.
This is a written confirmation to management that any relationship taking place between employees is consensual. According to attorney Ray Gallo, writing for the Daily Journal, forcing an employee to chose between their job and their partner would constitute an invasion of privacy, while a requirement to inform the company of a relationship would not.
The contract may also include the employees' written confirmation that they have been informed of the company's dating policy and the behavior that is expected of them, such as refraining from any acts of retaliation if the relationship ends. When writing a workplace dating policy, it is important to reduce your potential legal liability.
It’s also a bad idea to date anyone who’s very senior or junior to your position, even if you’re in different departments.
Companies reorganize corporate structures all the time.
However, in its opinion, the court also stated that the policy may have gone too far.