Dating in the workplace guidelines
Supervisors may approve non-routine visits that do not interfere with an employee's ability to perform his/her work functions or the productivity of a work unit.As a large employer, Vanderbilt does have members from the same family who work at the University.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.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.No-dating policies generally ban dating between a supervisor and their subordinate.
This policy provides guidelines for visitors in the workplace, family members working at Vanderbilt and relationships at work Children, family members, associates or friends are welcome for occasional, brief visits in the workplace.
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?
Although some companies chose to have no policy on dating, that leaves them open to potential liability if a supervisor is shown to have sexually harassed a subordinate, for example, by giving a poor performance review to a former partner.
To avoid this, companies institute various types of dating policy.
However, children may not visit the workplace if their presence conflicts with department policy, federal or state law.