Dating a customer
Despite it being more convenient for 20-something women who are trying to make “serious strides in [their careers] before [they have] to make tough decisions about marriage and kids” to find potential suitors in the office, Friedman thinks that having a “co-worker-boyfriend hybrid” remains a bad idea.For her, it has to do with fostering career confidence: “There’s such a thing as having your ambitions too in sync with those of your partner.As the old saying goes "you don't dip your pen in the company ink." In other words, you shouldn't get into a dating or sexual relationship with a co-worker.But consider this: according to a recent Workplace Options survey, nearly 85% of 18-29 year olds would have a romantic relationship with a co-worker, compared to just over 35% for 30-46 year olds and about 30% of 47-66 year olds.
Without a clear policy, an office relationship can lead to charges of sexual harassment and legal consequences for the employer.
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.
And even if the questions are addressed, a relationship between an employee and a vendor or client might not be advisable.
If your company has a policy about conflicts of interest that could apply to a romantic relationship with a client or vendor, it’s likely similar to a policy regarding intimate relationships between co-workers.