Dating a employee
A rigid zero tolerance policy may result in the loss of two very good employees who fall in love with each other.However, any policy that allows too much case-by-case discretion exposes the employer to discrimination claims.Are any management employees involved in consensual relationships?Are there less intrusive means to achieve the employer's goals?Therefore, the participants in a truly "consensual" relationship cannot prove sexual harassment.The difficulty for the employer is proving that the relationship was consensual.
If you haven't, then the odds are that you know someone who has.
The exception, of course, is where a supervisor propositions many employees, and only those who acquiesce receive preferential treatment. "No Dating" Policies An employer who wishes to do something about consensual relationships between employees has a couple of options. However, the policy must be carefully drafted to avoid several potential problems.
The first problem is that Oregon law protects spouses who work for the same employer.
If dating is merely discouraged, the policy should also indicate the counseling or documentation that will occur if employees violate the policy.
The policy might also be limited to supervisor/subordinate dating, or allow dating between co-workers who do not work alongside one another.