As a business owner, you might ask: "Where is the legal issue?" or "What's the best policy regarding workplace dating?He says: “As for reasonable suspicion, the law does not impose any sort of standard that the employer must meet before taking action.
" While the answer to the first question is pretty simple, the answer to the latter is less obvious.
The legal issue is what I like to call the "amplification" of potential liability that always exists around the employer-employee relationship.
But a lot of companies don't let the rank and file decide--they adopt policies that ban or limit workplace dating--all in the name of lowering liability.
Enforcing these policies can take their toll on a company. Earlier this year, Best Buy's chief executive, Brian Dunn, stepped down after an investigation by the board discovered he had shown "extremely poor judgment" with a 29-year-old female employee.
Chas Rampenthal is general counsel and vice president of product development at Legal Zoom.