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Laws against dating coworkers

But if there's a clear conflict of interest and the employees don't disclose the relationship to human resources, "disciplinary action" will follow.

The secret of an office fling can be ruined when one of your colleagues catches your indiscretion.While some company policies may only go so far as prohibiting physical acts of love at the workplace -- a benefit, as public displays of affection are oftentimes unprofessional and would make co-workers uncomfortable -- other companies may disallow office affairs altogether, resulting in the termination of one or both partners.The more time you spend with your significant other in the office, the more likely you are of isolating your other colleagues.All material contained on these pages are free of copyright restrictions and may be copied, reproduced, or duplicated without permission of the Office on Women’s Health in the U. A 2011 survey showed that 40 percent of professionals have dated a co-worker at some point during employment, 30 percent of whom claim to have married the romantically entwined co-worker.A smaller office space, however, can create a sort of claustrophobia and tension.

In a small office, where gossip reigns supreme and everybody knows everybody's business, this could spell disaster for a developing office romance.

The Journal spoke to Anna Wood, the founder and CEO of Brains Over Blonde who worked at Google for four years.

Wood said she'd found herself on "accidental dates," meaning she thought it was an after-work drink with a co-worker and the co-worker had something more romantic in mind.

Even after a relationship starts at work, certain rules still apply.

As Business Insider previously reported, you and your partner should get on the same page about what you'll do if rumors start to spread — or if you break up.

In response to the fact that office affairs can sometimes be unavoidable, human resource departments often include a clause in employer contracts on how dating co-workers are to be handled.