There will foreseeably be claims of favoritism, or even discrimination or harassment.
When a workplace romance sours, it can expose the company to increased liability, since the connection between alleged actors is easier to establish--essentially giving the plaintiff some good ammunition for his or her case.
" While the answer to the first question is pretty simple, the answer to the latter is less obvious.
The legal issue is what I like to call the "amplification" of potential liability that always exists around the employer-employee relationship.
As a business owner, you might ask: "Where is the legal issue?
" or "What's the best policy regarding workplace dating?
Chas Rampenthal is general counsel and vice president of product development at Legal Zoom.
He's also a former talk radio host (KTLK AM 1150 at Clear Channel) and an entrepreneur himself, as the founder of Legal Endeavor.
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.In a poorer scenario, the relationship would end badly, one of the employees could claim that the relationship was non-consensual, or that sexual harassment existed.An employee could even make a case for unlawful retaliation if he or she receives a poor performance review from a former lover (or if a co-worker receives a better evaluation from his or her boss).I tend to sound like a broken record when it comes to company policies. According to the Criminal Code of Canada, there are some people who cannot consent to sexual activity based on their age and the age of their partner. This table tells you how old you have to be to consent to vaginal or oral sex.