Don't put a policy in place to control the behavior of a few employees whose behavior is out of line.

These relationships can result in charges of sexual harassment, even years later.

If a manager decides to pursue a close relationship with an employee, he or she needs to inform their manager and Human Resources immediately.

Additionally, for the same reasons and because of the loss of employer flexibility and employee options, no employee may date another employee who is separated by more than one level in the chain of command.

For example, the manager of the marketing department may not develop a romantic relationship with any employee who reports to the level of employee in the company who reports to him or his counterparts in other departments.

Your Company recognizes that employees have different definitions and understandings about what constitutes a close relationship, a friendship, or romantic involvement.

Consequently, if you have questions or need further clarification, talk with your Human Resources department.

Additionally, any fraternization with any employee who reports to the manager or whose terms and conditions of employment such as pay raises, promotions, and advancement are potentially affected by the manager, is prohibited.

The fraternization that is prohibited by this policy includes dating, romantic involvement, and sexual relations; close friendships are discouraged in any reporting relationship.

As a person of integrity who had no intention of dumping her friends, she felt that her only option was to leave the company to seek promotional opportunities elsewhere.