Employee Dating Relationships

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Over the past few decades, as more women have entered the work place, new corporate policies have come into effect. One in particular, dating within the workplace, has often taken center stage due to the complexities it causes. Employees who happen to start dating relationships with each other may enjoy it, however the possible repercussions with other employees often outweigh the utilitarian happiness of the two individuals in a relationship. The company could face a lawsuit stemming from the couple if they have a bad break up, for example if someone claims sexual harassment. Behind the scenes, other employees could feel like they have been unfairly treated if there is a supervisor dating a subordinate thereby increasing the likelihood of favoritism taking place. The rights of everyone involved, from the two people dating to the other employees’ right to be judged equally based upon their skill-level and job performance and the employer’s business interests, can be examined from the deontological standpoint. Considering the numerous significant risks and liabilities an employer takes from employees dating in the workplace, it is morally acceptable for an employer to make rules against dating in the workplace. Taking a utilitarian approach to dating in the workplace, about the only people who are really going to be happier are the two individuals who are dating. There are always going to be people who are jealous. In the event that a supervisor and a subordinate are dating, other employees will feel like favoritism has been shown to the subordinate no matter what the circumstances are if the subordinate in the relationship receives something apparently undeserved before any of their peers. Other employees will feel like they cannot get a fair and equal chance whenever raises or bonuses are given or opportunities arise for promotion or good deals.
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