If indeed that’s how your company does it, that’s sex discrimination and is illegal.(Or at least it’s illegal if your company is big enough to be covered by federal discrimination statutes — meaning that it has 15 or more employees.) As for the question of whether they need reasonable suspicion, employers don’t generally need “proof” before taking disciplinary action against employees in matter, but because the issue of romantic relations is a sticky one, I turned to employment attorney Bryan Cavanaugh to weigh in.Even more shocking is that 40% of those 18-29 year olds would date their supervisors.According to a Career Builder survey, interoffice dating has a fairly high success rate--of the 38% of people surveyed that dated a co-worker at least once, 31% went on to marry that co-worker! If you believe the stats of new employees entering the workforce, it might seem so.Workplace friendships flow naturally into personal lives.
Employee oriented, forward thinking workplaces recognize that one of the places that employees meet their eventual spouse or partner is at work.Yet other studies that looked closely at office romances showed that marriages among co-workers are even higher than 55 percent.This is good news for people who have little time to meet new people outside of the office.And you can indeed have a policy that requires one of the parties to move on if a relationship happens.What’s not legal, though, is to always have women be the ones who have to leave.As the old saying goes "you don't dip your pen in the company ink." In other words, you shouldn't get into a dating or sexual relationship with a co-worker.But consider this: according to a recent Workplace Options survey, nearly 85% of 18-29 year olds would have a romantic relationship with a co-worker, compared to just over 35% for 30-46 year olds and about 30% of 47-66 year olds.On the other hand, 13 percent of the people polled said that their company does have a policy in place when it comes to dating.Other interesting points to come out of this survey was that 55 percent of the human resource professionals said that most of the office romances that blossomed at their workplaces eventually led to marriages.Yes, relationships can also go awry and result in friction and conflict at work.As with any policy, develop the policy for the good of the working relationships in a whole group of employees.Company Policy on Co-Worker Dating Before you even consider starting a relationship with a co-worker it is important to be aware of what the company or corporate policy is on office romance.Many years ago office romances were frowned down upon by many but today with people working longer and longer hours it is hard to find the time to socialize so sparks flying in the office is becoming more of an everyday occurrence.But a lot of companies don't let the rank and file decide--they adopt policies that ban or limit workplace dating--all in the name of lowering liability.