After firing CEO Dov Charney last month, American Apparel decided to update its company code of ethics with stricter guidelines regarding interoffice relationships.According to the new policy, “No management-level employee may make sexual advances, welcome or unwelcome, toward any subordinate.”Considering Charney’s time with the company was riddled with allegations of sexual harassment, it’s no surprise that the company wants to take a more conservative approach to fraternization.
So if the reason for your termination is not illegal under the laws of your state, then yes, your employer can fire you for what you do on your own time, outside of work. A new trend is increasingly taking hold, where companies looking to reduce their health care costs have established not just a "no smoking" policy, but a "no smokers" policy.These companies not only refuse to hire smokers, but some are even taking the drastic step of terminating current employees who smoke.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.And a whopping 31% of office relationships result in marriage—meaning they can't always be a bad idea, right?
Here's how to make sure pursuing love won't cost you your job: Avoid Getting Involved with the Wrong Person According to the Career Builder survey, 24% of intra-office relationships were with someone higher up in the organization. In the first action brought under the law, which became effective in January, Mr. Johnson, 20, filed their own suit against Wal-Mart in April, seeking million each on the ground that the company, an Arkansas-based retail chain, wrongfully discharged them and inflicted emotional harm in the process. "I got upset, told him how I felt and left." He later apologized and the two became friends, getting to know each other in informal gatherings with other co-workers over a frame of bowling or a meal. Nevertheless, she said, she does not agree with the policy. It seems that Wal-Mart, the nation's largest retailer, has a policy that bars an employee who is married from dating anyone else who works in the store. Allen was married, albeit separated from her husband, at the time she began dating Mr. Rules on Fraternization Attorney General Robert Abrams believes that Wal-Mart's "no dating" policy is illegal under a new state statute that prohibits businesses from dismissing employees for "lawful" activities outside the work place. Johnson were required to read, and sign, at the outset of their employment.Relationships by family, marriage, domestic partnership and/or similar personal relationship shall constitute neither an advantage nor a disadvantage to selection, promotion, salary, or other conditions of employment.The University will exercise sound business judgment in the placement of relatives, domestic partners, significant others and/or similar personal relationship in accordance with the following guidelines: Case recognizes that at times, employees and their “family members”, “domestic partners”, “significant others” and/or “personal relationships” may be assigned to positions that create a coworker or supervisor-subordinate relationship.Before long, she was being trained to work at the service desk and in layaway.