Boss and employee dating
But, what are the rights of employees when it comes to office romance?What happens if an employee gets fired for dating a co-worker?What happens if a relationship or break-up leads to a hostile work environment?Here are our answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about office romance and sexual harassment: Can employers ban consensual office romance? At least once a month, I get a call from a TV producer or reporter, who is covering a story about allegations of a boss having sex with an employee--with it often times being a consensual relationship.
Many employers see the idea of employees dating one another as potentially threatening productivity or even opening up too much liability for the employer. First, let’s look at some of the most common reasons employers may desire to curb employees’ desire for one another.While there has been research on third-party perceptions and reactions to romantic workplace relationships, it hasn't dug deeper to look at how third parties can have an impact on the career development and progression of these star-crossed lovers.Suzanne Chan-Serafin, a senior lecturer in the school of management at UNSW Business School, wanted to find out whether knowledge of an employee's workplace romance was used unfairly in the evaluation of their performance at work.In her study, which for simplicity concentrated only on heterosexual relationships, Chan-Serafin found that if an employee was in a relationship with their boss or supervisor, their chances of being promoted or considered for internal training programs was reduced. In the study, 145 people were asked to review an application from a senior associate in a law firm, and then advise on his/her suitability for promotion to partner.Study participants were shown a CV and given a brief description about the candidate.The only difference was gender (candidates had obviously male or female names).