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How to Manage Dating and Romances in the Workplace

Author: Beth P. Zoller, XpertHR Legal Editor

The task of managing dating and romantic relationships in the workplace can be quite complicated for employers who need to ensure proper workplace conduct, make sure all employees are treated fairly, and monitor relationships between coworkers as well supervisors and subordinates. If an employer fails to properly monitor and manage workplace dating and relationships, the employer could open itself up to claims of discrimination, harassment and unfair treatment. Employers need to know how to evaluate the risks related to romantic relationships in the workplace, adopt proper policies to protect the employer's interests, and set parameters for dating and close personal relationships at work. By taking the following steps, employers can better protect their interests in maintaining a fair and professional workplace and decrease the chances of a lawsuit resulting from romantic relationships at work.