(And that’s not a loaded question; you can certainly decide for plenty of legitimate reasons that you do.) But if you decide that you do, then yeah, I’d avoid hanging out with your male coworker socially, unless you’re prepared to potentially lose your job over it.
(In addition to facing dismissal for fraternizing with a man, you also should not appear unescorted in public or dress immodestly.
Chas Rampenthal is general counsel and vice president of product development at Legal Zoom.
It is indeed legal to prohibit dating between coworkers (with a few exceptions, such as in California, where courts have ruled that the state constitution provides broader privacy protection in employment matters).If indeed that’s how your company does it, that’s sex discrimination and is illegal.