A 1995 survey estimated that 80 percent of all employees have either observed or been involved in a romantic relationship at work. The Problems with Employee Dating Even though romantic relationships in the workplace are common, employers have legitimate reasons for concern about employee dating.
Even a consensual relationship, if it goes sour, can result in unwelcome advances, stalking, or other predatory conduct.So long as the spouses don't supervise one another, a "no dating" policy enforced against spouses would violate this law.Another problem arises from concerns about an employee's right to privacy while off the job.An employer may violate an employee's right to privacy by regulating the employee's private off-work relationships.The employer is most at risk when trying to investigate and enforce a "no dating" policy by hiring a private investigator to follow the employee around, secretly reviewing an employee's voice mail, or listening in on an employee's office phone line. Consensual Relationship Agreements As an alternative, some employers require that employees enter a "consensual relationship agreement." The agreement, signed by both employees and management, provides that the employees will not allow the relationship to interfere with or impact the work environment.
Penalties for Violations of Policy: A policy that prohibits a supervisor from dating a subordinate must also describe the penalty imposed if the policy is violated.