Rules for dating a coworker

14-Feb-2020 10:14

Here are our answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about office romance and sexual harassment: Can employers ban consensual office romance?In most states, including Minnesota, employers can impose policies that prohibit employees from dating.Considering how much time is spent at work, it is no wonder that workplace friendships often lead to attraction and flirting -- then suddenly, romance blooms.Boredom and drudgery vanish in the excitement of the new relationship. Can he legally keep the office Romeo and Juliet apart? When co-workers on the same level embark on a romantic relationship, chances are there will be no problem, unless one or both of the parties are married to others.

The situation grows more complicated if the subordinate claims the relationship was not consensual.

That law could be invoked by the wounded party in a broken relationship.

An employer can be liable for discrimination against other employees who were qualified for those benefits.

Employers might be concerned that a worker who is privy to confidential information may inadvertently leak such information to a romantic partner.

Even worse, if the relationship ends badly, a rejected partner could retaliate by claiming that she, or he, was sexually harassed and could file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The situation grows more complicated if the subordinate claims the relationship was not consensual.

That law could be invoked by the wounded party in a broken relationship.

An employer can be liable for discrimination against other employees who were qualified for those benefits.

Employers might be concerned that a worker who is privy to confidential information may inadvertently leak such information to a romantic partner.

Even worse, if the relationship ends badly, a rejected partner could retaliate by claiming that she, or he, was sexually harassed and could file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The ability to be able to eat lunch together every day, the coquettish smiles and winks as you pass each other in the halls — yes, heaven and work rolled into one.