Laws on dating coworkers
There is no single law protecting the rights of employees while they are off work.
Instead, other areas of the law, such as discrimination, drug testing, and harassment laws, protect an employee's off-duty conduct. I recently tried to get promoted to a managerial position but I was denied because I would be supervising my husband.
And many people are working so hard they don’t have a social life,” says Shenker. The British payroll company Portfolio Payroll revealed in 2002 that seven out of 10 of their workers had a romantic relationship.
“We have moved from a command-and-control era to a greater acceptance that this does happen.”However, not all workplaces are created equal. According to the authors, some companies might even encourage dating because productivity and commitment to the company may increase.
While meeting someone at work can be great for your social life, it can be like a train wreck as far as your career is concerned. Before you know it, you are fully immersed in a liaison with a colleague.
Can my employer fire me for what I do on my own time, outside of work? My company has announced that it is going to fire anyone who is a smoker, after strictly enforcing an anti-smoking policy at work for several years. I occasionally mention things that happen to me at work, but don't identify who my employer is. My employer's personnel handbook has a "no-moonlighting" policy. My company has a "no fraternization" policy that restricts managers from socializing with non-management employees. Employment-at-will means that both the employer and the employee can end the employment relationship at any time without notice or reason.
Laws exist to protect employees in such situations, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which defines sexual harassment, and the difference between quid pro quo relationships and hostile environment harassment in the workplace.
Relationships between a supervisor and his or her employee can have a negative impact on the entire organization.
However, we had a low-level manager date a guy from a different team (however they still interacted on a daily basis) and the bosses said it was ok as long as she never "managed" him and didn't discuss it at work, however she was a loon, it caused a bunch of problems, she ended up quitting and the guy got mad whenever we said her name.
In another instance a manager was dating a co-worker from the same team, and it was a very well kept secret, however they were both fired because supposedly he was misusing the employee discount to buy her stuff.