Am I required by law to tell my boss if I’m dating my coworker?

Am I required by law to tell my boss if I’m dating my coworker? We’re both assistant managers so our relationship is not breaking any rules in that regard because we are equally ranked.

Rita Risser Chai replies:

There is no law that would require you to disclose this. However, your company could have a policy requiring you to disclose, even though you do not have a reporting relationship with each other, because it could still create a conflict of interest, lead to gossip, or lead to a sexual harassment complaint. Check your company’s policy, and if it doesn’t require you to report it, then you’re safe. Of course, you should avoid all inappropriate conduct in the workplace, especially if you break up.

Posted 01-15-2016

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About the Author:

Rita M. Risser Chai is the founder of Fair Measures. An attorney in California for 20 years and now an attorney in Hawaii, she authored the Prentice Hall book, Stay Out of Court! The Manager’s Guide to Preventing Employee Lawsuits. She developed most of the curriculum used by Fair Measures, created the firm’s first website praised in HR Magazine, and wrote numerous articles on employment law including one on best practice harassment prevention training published in the magazine of the American Society for Training and Development (now ATD). She taught Law and Human Resources at the University of California, Santa Cruz, for eight years, and has presented four times at the annual conventions of the Hawaii Society of Human Resource Management.