Anti-harassment laws tend to be somewhat strict when it comes to workplace standards.
Harassment is a type of employment discrimination involving unwanted, inappropriate, or hostile behavior in the workplace.
While workplace relationships are not considered harassment per se, it is possible for workplace relationships, especially ones of a romantic nature, to lead to situations that give rise to harassment claims.
A large number of long-term relationships start at work – hardly surprising, given the amount of time we spend there.
But, following a lead from employment practices in the United States, UK employers sometimes try to restrict relationships that might blur the lines between the public and the professional.
They can assist you in creating a workplace romance policy that fits your company’s needs and assist you in enforcing that policy.
Facebook does not prohibit dating among the people who work here.
This means that an employee today cannot be fired for filing a harassment claim with the government, even if the claim turns out to be false.
However, laws also protect employers from being victims of false sexual harassment claims.
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.
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.