Dating my subordinate
“One of the production assistants even saw him getting into Shep’s limo one night earlier this year around 8 p.m.outside Fox, after Shep’s show was over,” the source added.
You are right to be concerned about this directive violating the NLRA, which applies to all private sector employers except very small ones.
tell you not to dine with coworkers: * Dinnertime falls during work, and they want to stagger your breaks rather than having a bunch of you gone at once.
* The dinner is actually a date, and you’re the date’s manager.
If the employer can point to a specific duty the employee is neglecting, such as failing to attend an evening networking event, or entertaining clients, then the employer may be able to prohibit this socialization. Employers have successfully argued they have a legitimate business interest in banning office dating, since it can cause all sorts of workplace issues that have nothing to do with the NLRA.
But for an employer to prohibit generally an employee from socializing with co-workers off the clock and off premises is dangerous and likely unlawful directive to an employee. But I want to know more about your employer’s rationale for telling you not to eat with coworkers.