Research on dating in the workplace
The policy does not create a contract implied or expressed, with any Vanderbilt employees, who are employees at will.
This policy is intended as a guideline to assist in the consistent application of University policies and programs for employees.No-dating policies generally ban dating between a supervisor and their subordinate.Employment attorney Anna Cohen, writing in HR Hero Online, suggests that no-dating policies can be problematic, as it is difficult to define exactly the type of behavior that will be restricted. United Parcel Services, the 7th Circuit appellate court upheld a no-dating policy that forbade managers from a romantic relationship with any hourly employee, as long as it was consistently enforced.If an employee, whether or not involved in the relationship, believe they have been, or are being, adversely affected, they are encouraged to contact the EAD or a Human Resources Consultant.When relationships develop into situations that may be viewed as harassment or discrimination, employees should refer to the Anti-Harassment Policy and the Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Policy.If a relationship is deemed to be inappropriate under these guidelines, the appropriate department head or next level of administrator, after consultation with the EAD and a Human Resources Consultant will take appropriate action.
Actions taken may include, but are not limited to, an agreed upon transfer, a change in shift, a change in reporting structure, the Performance Management process or discharge.
Violations of this policy by an employee is grounds for the Performance Management process, up to and including discharge.
Consensual sexual relationships between a student and an employee who is not in a position to exercise direct power or authority over that student may also be inappropriate.
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.
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.