In a recent Career survey, 39 percent of respondents said they’d dated a co-worker .
In fact, it’s practically inevitable that, sooner or later, two of your employees will get together and start a relationship.
A Citizen Pleasanton, California : Dear Citizen: Though I have not received too many letters like yours, I am convinced that many people are in your exact situation.
I think you and many others will find my answer surprising. It is not illegal discrimination for a boss to treat someone better based on the relationship with the two of them, even if that relationship is a sexual one.
“I do this because [relationships] can cause a lot of damage. They are dead ringers for cascading violations of integrity.” One of the major concerns regarding junior/senior dating is that there may be an element of coercion.
With Valentine’s Day just behind us, cupid may have left a few arrows in the workplace. workforce study found that 37 percent of workers have dated a coworker at some point in their career.
Relationships Between Supervisors and Subordinates While any relationship between employees may cause problems in the workplace, the level of exposure to employers increases when a romantic relationship develops between a supervisor and subordinate.
The risk rises when the two members of a couple are on different levels of the org chart.Most of the entanglements occurred between two peers, but 29 percent of workers who’d dated a colleague said it was someone who outranked them in the company’s hierarchy, and 16 percent admitted to dating their boss.Women (38 percent) were more likely than men (21 percent) to date a higher-ranking colleague. According to the survey, social settings outside of the office were the most common, followed by running into each other outside of work, attending happy hours, spending late nights at the office, and going to lunch.In one case, the Eleventh Circuit found that a public employer’s interest in discouraging intimate association between supervisors and subordinates was so critical to the effective functioning of the employer that it outweighed the employee’s interest in the relationship.() Indeed, relationships that begin as consensual between supervisors and subordinates may later form the basis of a lawsuit.