If indeed that’s how your company does it, that’s sex discrimination and is illegal.(Or at least it’s illegal if your company is big enough to be covered by federal discrimination statutes — meaning that it has 15 or more employees.) As for the question of whether they need reasonable suspicion, employers don’t generally need “proof” before taking disciplinary action against employees in matter, but because the issue of romantic relations is a sticky one, I turned to employment attorney Bryan Cavanaugh to weigh in.Q: My business partner is dating one of his direct reports.To avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest, he wants her to report to me instead.You and your partner need to see your attorney as well as an HR expert, but first you need to have an owner-to-owner talk about leadership ethics.
The danger is the roles will get blurred and either your work or personal life could suffer – having said that, some people thrive on having so much contact.As a result, no one at work knows that we are together. It's very strange going to work with him every day and pretending like we barely know each other when we sleep in the same bed every night. He says that since both parties are single, and the relationship is consensual, it’s a private matter.I told him I’d check with our attorney about potential legal issues, but I’m concerned that this is an ethics minefield. A: There are numerous ethical issues involved in an owner or CEO or, really, any manager dating an employee.Here we look at the pros and cons: You already have a strong shared interest – this is often why people develop feelings for their boss, there is a sense of teamwork and unity when you are pulling in the same direction and working for the same company.