Rules on dating in the workplace

The employers may fear: Can an Employer Prohibit Employees from Dating One Another?

According to Chas Rampenthal, general counsel and vice president of product development at Legal Zoom, choosing to go without a dating policy and letting the rules on harassment and discrimination do the job is not really exposing yourself to legal liability -- as long as you do have well-designed policies on harassment and discrimination.

Intra-office dating can lead to other problems, too.

Every company needs to consider a policy on workplace dating.

Without a clear policy, an office relationship can lead to charges of sexual harassment and legal consequences for the employer.

In smaller businesses, this can effectively ban almost any management-employee relationships, but in larger businesses with multiple departments and chains of authority, it is not as restrictive.