Supervisors dating subordinates
: Whenever you put men and women together, you have sexual attraction.
The risk for employers involves the collision of two legal principals.
This helps to protect the company from later charges that the relationship was not consensual and constituted sexual harassment.
With this type of policy, the employees would also have to notify you whenever a relationship ends.
The issue of subordinate dating is an issue of power, Segal says. So far so good, says Segal, but in the real world, now comes the performance appraisal time, and guess what, it’s a negative one.
The subordinate will claim that the poor appraisal was due to her refusing the date request.
California has a constitutional provision protecting privacy, which means romantic relationships between coworkers should be none of the association's business.
However, this runs headlong into a competing principal against sexual harassment, i.e., employees should not feel pressured to submit to sexual advances to preserve their jobs. In addition to potential claims of sexual harassment, associations face other risks.
Without a clear policy, an office relationship can lead to charges of sexual harassment and legal consequences for the employer.The first is that the manager ceases to be objective about his/her subordinate's work performance.This often leads to morale problems with other employees who may believe that preferential treatment is being given to the sexually active co-worker.And again, there’s a poor appraisal, or someone else gets a coveted promotion.
Now the subordinate can argue that the dating wasn’t consensual and that her poor appraisal or lack of a promotion was a result of the relationship having gone sour.Although some companies chose to have no policy on dating, that leaves them open to potential liability if a supervisor is shown to have sexually harassed a subordinate, for example, by giving a poor performance review to a former partner.To avoid this, companies institute various types of dating policy.Again, a seemingly nonthreatening situation turns into a harassment suit.