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Workplace dating policies: Employer’s guide

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Office romances can not only have an adverse effect on workplace productivity, but can engender claims of favoritism, sexual harassment and retaliation.  So employers should consider implementing a policy covering this topic.

However, it is important to assess the pros and cons of strict workplace dating policies, and take into account how to handle both managers and subordinates under such a policy, as well as the steps to take to prevent such policies from raising privacy concerns.

1. Can an employer legally demote or transfer a manager who is dating one of his subordinates even though the company doesn't specifically have a no-dating policy?

While it's not illegal to demote, transfer, or even fire an employee who is dating a co-worker, supervisor, or subordinate in his/her department, if you don't have a specific no-dating policy, you could be setting yourself up for future legal battles.

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