21. NON-FRATERNIZATION POLICY
All employees must be careful that their off-duty activities do not negatively impact their job performance, and as a consequence, negatively affect the company’s operations. Do not engage in behaviour outside of work that will make it difficult to interact with your co-workers in a polite, professional manner.
A relationship between a supervisor and subordinate usually gives the appearance of favouritism. This is likely to lower morale, not because of the relationship itself, but because of the perception of inequality.
It is company policy to discourage romantic and sexual relationships between supervisors and employees. Romantic and sexual liaisons between management and subordinated are not permitted during working hours and on company property.
If a romantic or sexual relationship between a manager and subordinates develops, the two employees will not be permitted to continue working together. The manager needs to notify the supervisor as soon as practicable. One of the affected employees may be transferred to another position, as determined by senior management, if another available job exists. If no suitable vacancy exists, one of the employees may be terminated.
All employees should also remember that the company maintains a strict policy against unlawful harassment of any kind, including sexual harassment. The company will vigorously enforce this policy consistent with all applicable federal, state, and local laws.