Employee dating the boss
By way of example, employers have a legitimate business interest in preventing employees who are in supervisor positions from dating employees who are in subordinate positions.In a supervisor/subordinate co-worker relationship, there is an imbalance of power which may generate issues in the workplace.In a better scenario, coworkers would find it easier to claim that an employee received preferential treatment from a supervisor he or she is dating.In a poorer scenario, the relationship would end badly, one of the employees could claim that the relationship was non-consensual, or that sexual harassment existed.Even if it does not violate a written policy, your boss (the CEO or the board) might not care, and view it as a lack of senior management acumen.
" While the answer to the first question is pretty simple, the answer to the latter is less obvious.
Essentially, any relationship between two people that could have a negative effect on the company if things sour, or if one party is able to improperly influence the other would fall under the policy.
One last generally acceptable rule: If you have a "C" (think CEO, CFO, COO) or VP in your title, you should always think twice about dating anyone in the workplace, even if he or she is not a direct report or within your chain of command.
There is the risk that the supervisor will give unfair treatment to a subordinate that he or she is dating or may engage in favoritism.
On the flip side, if the dating relationship goes south, the subordinate could assert a claim of sexual harassment or discrimination against the supervisor.
There is California precedent that suggests that employers can prohibit some types of workplace dating relationships.