In practical terms, it can be incredibly difficult to enforce, too.
Short of banning all workplace dating, here are some other options that many employers choose: If an employer opts to implement any such dating policy, it’s important to enforce it fairly and consistently—not in a way that discriminates. Be sure to check your local and state laws and consult legal counsel when necessary.
The employer can act on its suspicions and circumstantial evidence.” This is basically the same as if your employer suspected you of violating any other policy (or even doing something they didn’t like, whether prohibited by a policy or not): If, for instance, your employer suspected you of being rude to clients or watching too much You Tube at your desk, they wouldn’t need to present you with evidence. In this case, though, Bryan goes on to say that they’d still be wise to only act if they have solid evidence: “Acting on flimsy suspicions would only serve to alienate employees, lower morale because they fear ‘big brother’ is prying into their personal lives, and risk losing good and loyal employees without a good reason.
But when a couple is genuinely serious about dating and building a relationship, popular opinion is more favorable.
Amy Nicole Salvaggio, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Tulsa, conducted a study of nearly 200 full-time workers in a variety of workplaces.
From data gathered from a survey of several thousand employers and employees, she determined that inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace is common on company time and at company locations.
Considering the amount of time most people spend working, where else is a couple to meet?
Legally speaking, in most states an employer can enact a policy that prohibits employees from dating one another.
(Check your state and local laws for exceptions, which do exist and are usually centered on employee privacy or limitations for employers on prohibiting nonwork activities.) However, even if legal, banning any work romantic involvement can come with its own consequences.Two of my coworkers have warned me to be careful, as there have just been rumors of people in the past possibly having relations and the woman was always the one to be terminated.It is indeed legal to prohibit dating between coworkers (with a few exceptions, such as in California, where courts have ruled that the state constitution provides broader privacy protection in employment matters).Many people meet at work before beginning a romantic relationship.Prohibiting it could decrease morale and could even result in losing employees who wish to date coworkers but cannot.Her findings indicated that most respondents do not mind seeing a romance develop between two unmarried colleagues.