But communicating via company email system is dicey, and any email you open on your computer screen can be too easily read by a co-worker.Send each other text messages instead — not too often, but enough to keep things interesting.Lines between professional and personal lives are blurrier than ever, partly for practical reasons — even post-recession, most of us are still — and partly for cultural ones.At thriving creative and tech companies, where employees are given dormlike amenities like yoga classes and cocktail hours, it seems almost silly to draw the line at dating.Other employees may object that they are discriminated against because of their co-worker’s relationship to the boss.Quid pro quo sexual harassment, in which employment benefits such as promotions and raises are offered in exchange for sexual favors, is illegal under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.If you’re considering hooking up with someone you work with (even if “considering” = creepily staring at from across the room, completely unbeknownst to that person), I strongly advise you read these tips first. One of the great injustices of society is that most of us are expected to show up someplace 5 days a week and perform a task in exchange for money.
You’re crazy about each other, but aren’t allowed to openly express it when you’re at work together: clearly, this is the recipe for some insane sexual tension.(But don’t send angry texts — save the serious for after work.) Ah, Lunch! Though it’s tempting to treat every lunch hour like a mid-day date with the co-worker you’re sleeping with, it’s a good idea to either set a schedule or limit your lunches together to one day a week.You really don’t want to become “that couple,” to the exclusion of your other co-workers, and you also don’t want to spend If you and a coworker actually start dating, and plan on being a couple for a while, stop keeping it a secret.That law could be invoked by the wounded party in a broken relationship.An employer can be liable for discrimination against other employees who were qualified for those benefits.