Dating co worker who is now management
However, in its opinion, the court also stated that the policy may have gone too far.
Another option is to require employees to report whenever they enter into a consensual relationship.
With this type of policy, the employees would also have to notify you whenever a relationship ends.He’s from the Criminal Justice Department of Faulkner University and he offered interesting insights on how first line supervisors in the police department should intelligently manage this issue.He was referring to the time when the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1972 began assigning female officers to the field.Public displays of affection, regardless of frequency or intensity, could also be a source of annoyance and discomfort for other employees.Some companies even state clearly that such behavior is subject to disciplinary measures.Still, first line supervisors at the FBI were sometimes caught off guard with situations they had no experience handling – romance break-ups was one such situation. Harris, however, believes that a more equitable manner of dealing with a romance gone sour would be to talk to the parties to see if they can make an effort to continue their work relationship.Harris then mentioned a survey in 1998 conducted by Dennis Powers (The Office Romance: Playing with Fire and Not Getting Burned, 1998) which showed that more than half of office romances in the private sector end in marriage, so he believes that whatever policies arose from that survey could apply as well to the police enforcement field.For this reason, notification policies are sometimes seen as intrusive. The case, which struck down a Texas law banning consensual homosexual relationships, has been interpreted as upholding the right of all consenting adults to engage in private sexual activity.With a notification policy, the manager the relationship is being reported to must also be required not to disclose the information, to protect privacy. Employers could potentially be barred from banning workplace romances as a violation of the employee's constitutional right to privacy.This is one of many areas where a company policy on office relationships would serve a worthwhile purpose.The policy must include the company’s position that public displays of affection, for instance, are considered unprofessional and unethical.