Dating a supervisor
Some things are universal don’ts, like dating someone you work with. So is there anyway to make a romantic relationship and a career thrive in the same place?
Psychologist Art Markman helps this reader figure it out.
One of the policies should address co-worker romantic relationships.
In addition, associations should carry employment practices liability insurance.
A third risk is that a breakup could lead to a revenge-motivated lawsuit by the subordinate claiming that the relationship was never consensual.
Finally, any disciplinary action against the subordinate could lead to a retaliatory lawsuit. In my opinion, it is never okay for a supervisor to date a subordinate.
However, this runs headlong into a competing principal against sexual harassment, i.e., employees should not feel pressured to submit to sexual advances to preserve their jobs. In addition to potential claims of sexual harassment, associations face other risks.Hi, I’ve committed one of the biggest professional don’t’s: I’ve started dating someone I work with.I’ve checked the HR manual and the only mention of relationships in the workplace is that you can’t be the manager of someone that you are related to or romantically involved with, and neither is the case with us.The inequality of the supervisor-subordinate relationship creates an element of coercion or claimed coercion.To protect against potential liability, associations should implement workplace rules that prohibit any kind of dating or sexual contact between supervisors and subordinates, whether on duty or off.