If I was terminated for being a manager having a non-sexual, non-dating friendship with a subordinate employee, is this lawful?

The policy manual states you cannot be “personally involved” with subordinates. What does that mean?

Asked on January 22, 2013 under Employment Labor Law, Oregon

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Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

Under the laws of all states an employee can be terminated by his or her employer for any reasonable basis so long as the termination is not based upon discrimination with respect to a protected group such as gender, age, race, sexual orientation and the like.

Since the policy manual forbids personal involvement with subordinates, you can be terminated for such a relationship from work.


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