The EJC opinions issued prior to the creation of the Ethics in Practice articles are posted below.
You can’t say no to attending team dinners if your employer requires them.
Bryan Cavanaugh, an employment lawyer in Missouri, was kind enough to weigh in on this question and says: Some states, including New York and California, have laws that explicitly protect an employee’s lawful activities off the clock and off the employer’s premises.
However, barring that type of law, there is no direct answer.
Taking a more modern and interactive approach, these articles cover a broad range of topics.
“You’re creating a climate where people are going to see bias whether there really is bias or not.” Relationships with your peers are generally more acceptable—assuming they’re unhitched.Depending on the answer to that, there’s a good chance that’s illegal.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 NLRA has found certain policies themselves violate Section 8 of the NLRA by creating a “chilling effect,” which means discouraging employees from engaging in protected concerted activity in the first place… If this all makes you wonder if it’s legal for an employer to ban dating among coworkers (aside from just manager-employee dating), the answer is yes.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.