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 workplace touching, workplace romances can lead to risky and unprofessional behavior. This is especially true in light of the #MeToo movement and the recent spike in sexual harassment claims, which has cast a spotlight on harassment and brought renewed interest and scrutiny to already-complicated workplace relationships.
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: