Office Romance Essay
The Privacy Spectrum
The right to privacy can be seen as a spectrum with each end of the spectrum representing positions with which very few …show more content…
Yes – the employer has a compelling interest to keep these two employees from engaging in particular behaviors, and requesting that they refrain from dating each other is a necessary means to that end. The relationship creates a conflict of interest situation as well as a supervisor and subordinate romance. Both of these situations are likely to create liability for the company. Therefore the employer has the legal and moral authority and, in fact, the obligation to forbid this type of relationship.
The Compelling Business Interest of Avoiding Conflict of Interest
It is standard practice for companies to forbid employees to engage in activities that create direct conflicts of interest? For example, employees of the California ISO, the company that controls the electricity flow for most of California, are prohibited from investing in companies that do business with the California ISO. This helps avoid potential conflicts of interest, makes it easier to defend against possible accusations of favoritism towards particular energy providers.