Policy on dating coworkers

Dana Brownlee, president of professional training development company Professionalism Matters, advises against initiating a romance with your manager, or, likewise, with anyone who reports to you directly or indirectly."If you're a manager, you should be held to a higher standard," she says.

"You're creating a climate where people are going to see bias whether there really is bias or not."Relationships with your peers are generally more acceptable—assuming they're unhitched.

Laws exist to protect employees in such situations, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which defines sexual harassment, and the difference between quid pro quo relationships and hostile environment harassment in the workplace.

Relationships between a supervisor and his or her employee can have a negative impact on the entire organization.

But here’s the thing: Whether or not there are policies forbidding them, office relationships happen.

A recent survey by Career Builder found that nearly 40% of employees admitted to having a romantic relationship with a co-worker.

Intermingling within the workplace may cause damages to morale and productivity in the workplace.When in a workplace people grow bonds with their co-workers that go beyond just friendly 'lunch' meetings.They grow in-depth relationships that deepen into romance.Chas Rampenthal is general counsel and vice president of product development at Legal Zoom.He's also a former talk radio host (KTLK AM 1150 at Clear Channel) and an entrepreneur himself, as the founder of Legal Endeavor.