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Dating coworkers lawsuit

Bridges was then summoned to a meeting with her boss, during which she was told that she had created a hostile work environment for the employee who complained, according to the lawsuit. She says the Americans with Disabilities Act prevents the city from firing her because body odor is recognized as a disability that warrants legal protection.

There will foreseeably be claims of favoritism, or even discrimination or harassment.

When a workplace romance sours, it can expose the company to increased liability, since the connection between alleged actors is easier to establish--essentially giving the plaintiff some good ammunition for his or her case.

Even more shocking is that 40% of those 18-29 year olds would date their supervisors.

According to a Career Builder survey, interoffice dating has a fairly high success rate--of the 38% of people surveyed that dated a co-worker at least once, 31% went on to marry that co-worker! If you believe the stats of new employees entering the workforce, it might seem so.

In a poorer scenario, the relationship would end badly, one of the employees could claim that the relationship was non-consensual, or that sexual harassment existed.

An employee could even make a case for unlawful retaliation if he or she receives a poor performance review from a former lover (or if a co-worker receives a better evaluation from his or her boss).

As the old saying goes "you don't dip your pen in the company ink." In other words, you shouldn't get into a dating or sexual relationship with a co-worker.

But consider this: according to a recent Workplace Options survey, nearly 85% of 18-29 year olds would have a romantic relationship with a co-worker, compared to just over 35% for 30-46 year olds and about 30% of 47-66 year olds.

Even if it does not violate a written policy, your boss (the CEO or the board) might not care, and view it as a lack of senior management acumen.

Think of it this way: Is the potential relationship worth risking your good job or name?

There are a few different ways to manage this liability.