Legal dating in the workplace
Erin: Working in TV, film, and radio, you hear about people in a movie together ending up together.
And dancing with someone is a very intimate thing, especially some of the dances they’re doing—Latin-based dances, which are all hip action. Are there some instances where it would be OK to date someone in the workplace, or is it a no-no—there’s no room for that? The biggest problem arises legally when there’s a reporting relationship, like when a supervisor becomes intimate with a subordinate.Petty slights, annoyances, and isolated incidents (unless extremely serious) will not rise to the level of illegality.To be unlawful, the conduct must create a work environment that would be intimidating, hostile, or offensive to reasonable people.Offensive conduct may include, but is not limited to, offensive jokes, slurs, epithets or name calling, physical assaults or threats, intimidation, ridicule or mockery, insults or put-downs, offensive objects or pictures, and interference with work performance.Harassment can occur in a variety of circumstances, including, but not limited to, the following: Prevention is the best tool to eliminate harassment in the workplace.