Employees who are dating or are involved in a romantic relationship present unique risks for an employer and challenges for the supervisors who manage them. From claims of harassment, favoritism and unfair treatment to inappropriate conduct and touching, workplace romances may lead to risky and unprofessional behavior. This is especially true in light of the #MeToo movement and the recent focus on sexual harassment claims, which has cast a spotlight on harassment and brought already-complicated workplace relationships under scrutiny.
Therefore, it is essential for an employer to protect its own business interests by establishing expectations for employees and maintaining a professional workplace. Failure to do so may result in claims of discrimination, harassment and unfair treatment.
Below are some key tools and resources to help an employer manage workplace relationships and reduce the risk of liability: