Can a GM fire you over an issue that isn’t listed in company policy and that he has never talked to you about?

My friend is a manager at a pizza chain. Company policy has nothing against manager/employee relationships, but my GM at this particular store has added a personal rule that no manager can date anyone who works there. Now, me and this manager aren’t in a relationship. At this point we are both really good friends, but we both do have feelings for one another. Recently this manager has knowingly promoted another employee to a manager position, knowing that they are in a relationship with another employee in the restaurant, however he has lectured the other manager in my case about us even texting one another outside of work as friends. He hasn’t ever brought the issue up to me. If one of us are let go, would that be illegal?

Asked on November 1, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Colorado

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

The fact is that not all employess need be treated the same or even fairly. That is unless their lesser treatment is based on race, religion, age (over 40), gender, disability, nationality, etc. Accordingly, while your boss's prohibition against your dating a co-worker is not fair, it is (unfortuntely) legal. Your only recourse might be if this action violates the terms of a union agreement or employment contract.


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