Please take this quick survey to tell us about what happens after you publish a paper. Journal of Business Ethics. This article examines why an organization might wish to manage workplace romance, and describes a number of alternative approaches to managing dating. At first sight the ethics of dating bans balances the need to protect female employees from harassment against employee rights to privacy and freedom of association — a rights versus rights issue. However, dating bans seem not to be directed at protecting female employees from harm, but rather protect employers from sexual harassment liability claims — an employer self-interest versus employee rights issue. This article advocates a consequentialist approach to the problem, via the factoring in of other harms caused by prohibiting workplace romance.
But a heightened awareness about sexual harassment means small business owners can get more anxious when employees start dating. Many owners have consulted with employment attorneys or human resources professionals since the accusations against movie executive Harvey Weinstein in November. Bosses who in the past just watched with interest as a relationship blossomed are being proactive, telling couples that if the romance sours, both people are expected to behave appropriately. And some owners are even asking couples to sign statements acknowledging that their relationship is consensual. Sammy Musovic has seen many romances — and breakups — at his three Manhattan restaurants.
Jump to navigation. I hope that, for many of you, you have found the love that you deserve and are blissfully happy with your partner. For those of you still looking, I realize it can be tough balancing the pursuit of success in your career and personal love life. For some people, romance buds in the workplace, whether they expect it or not. Now, I have to state here that many companies have strict dating policies about coworkers and employees.
My husband, Tyler, and me on our wedding day. Laura Leslie Photography I once dated a coworker. Quick backstory: We didn't meet on the job — we were dating for almost four years before we started working together which, by the way, wasn't planned … long story. But for about 11 months, we sat three cubes apart from one another and kept our relationship under wraps. Those are questions I'm frequently asked when I tell people the story of my office romance.