Is it legal to fully prohibit employees from dating one another?Or does that overstep boundaries and put too much restriction on an employee’s personal life?
Legally speaking, in most states an employer can enact a policy that prohibits employees from dating one another.
(Check your state and local laws for exceptions, which do exist and are usually centered on employee privacy or limitations for employers on prohibiting nonwork activities.) However, even if legal, banning any work romantic involvement can come with its own consequences.
As you can see, there are a wide variety of both professional and personal reasons a manager should avoid dating an employee.
We spend so much of our lives working these days that it may be more convenient or easier to meet someone at work, but it's well worth the extra effort to try and meet someone for a dating relationship who you aren't responsible for supervising.
In this case, the perception is as real and dangerous as the reality.
Any time you have to discipline an employee, they will wonder if the person you are dating would have received the same treatment and hold bitterness and resentment about the disciplinary action based on that thinking.On a personal level, you've created a mess for yourself that simply isn't worth it. It will be harder for either of you to be objective and supportive of the other when one has had a bad day at work because you're both too close to the situation.Frankly, sometimes you'll just be sick of thinking and talking about work as well, and this will adversely effect your communication with your partner.None of the other employees will ever believe that the person you are dating isn't receiving special perks and preferential treatment on the job. You can be treating the person you are dating in exactly the same manner you treat everyone else and the majority of your employees will perceive a difference. If you make the further mistake of announcing that you are not treating the person you're dating any differently from anyone else, you will only amplify the issue. Most managers are responsible for writing the evaluations or performance appraisals for those they supervise.If this is the case, it will be more difficult for the manager dating an employee to provide that person with a fair, objective and accurate evaluation.However, employers may have another opinion on the matter. What Are the Potential Pitfalls of Employee Romances?