Policies on workplace dating
VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY HUMAN RESOURCES POLICIES AND PROCEDURESSUBJECT: RELATIONSHIPS IN THE WORKPLACEEFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2015 Vanderbilt University strives to be a family-friendly workplace and is committed to maintaining an environment in which members of the University community can work together to further education, research, patient care and community service.This policy provides guidelines for visitors in the workplace, family members working at Vanderbilt and relationships at work Children, family members, associates or friends are welcome for occasional, brief visits in the workplace.However, employment of family members in situations where one family member has direct influence over the other's conditions of employment (i.e., salary, hours worked, shifts, etc.) is inappropriate.For the purpose of this policy, family members are defined as spouse, domestic partner, daughter, son, parent, grandparent, grandchild, sister, brother, mother-in-law or father-in-law.
In cases of doubt, advice and counsel should be sought from the next level of administrator, Employee Relations or the Employee Opportunity, Affirmative Action and Disability Services (EAD). Romantic or sexual relationships between employees where one individual has influence or control over the other's conditions of employment are inappropriate.Legally speaking, in most states an employer can enact a policy that prohibits employees from dating one another.(Check your state and local laws for exceptions, which do exist and are usually centered on employee privacy or limitations for employers on prohibiting nonwork activities.) However, even if legal, banning any work romantic involvement can come with its own consequences.Supervisors may approve non-routine visits that do not interfere with an employee's ability to perform his/her work functions or the productivity of a work unit.As a large employer, Vanderbilt does have members from the same family who work at the University.