Dating in movie workplace
Sammy Musovic has seen many romances — and breakups — at his three Manhattan restaurants.
After the reports about Weinstein and others, Musovic consulted with an attorney to understand what his legal liability could be if an employee relationship led to harassment charges.
Dating policies should set expectations for staffers’ behavior, such as that emotions should not be displayed at work.
But people attracted to one another may still date on the sly.As long as there’s no sign of a problem, the boss should respect everyone’s privacy.But if one person keeps pursuing another, an owner needs to be on alert.Jacqueline Breslin, an executive with HR provider Tri Net, is fielding more questions from businesses that want to know how to handle employees dating.The first step is often to determine whether companies have policies on dating and sexual harassment; if not, they need to be written.
“The person who’s repeatedly asking for an unwanted date needs to be told, ‘This is against company policy and we don’t tolerate this kind of harassment,'” says Michael Schmidt, an employment attorney with Cozen O’Connor in New York.