If I’m dating my manager’s daughter and I go through the hiring process for a job, am I considered related to him?

My job is on the line because we are “related”. I though being related meant by marriage of share the same ancestors.

Asked on July 25, 2014 under Employment Labor Law, California


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

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

The word "related" can mean through marriage, or by sharing the same ancestors, or however else your employer chooses to define the term. The fact is that you can be fired for this unless you have an employment contract or union agreement that prohibits your termination in such a situation. If not, then you are in an "at will" employment relationship which means that your employer can fire you for being "related" or for no reason at all.

The only exception to the above would be if you are being treated differently than others in the same situation because of your race, religion, etc. In that event, you would have a case for employment discrimination, which is against the law.

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