Is preferential treatment at work legal?

My fiance and I work for the same company in different departments and we usually share lunch at her desk. Her supervisor recently told her that we could no longer eat at her desk. Though the company encourages employees to eat away from their desks, it does not forbid it, and there is no written policy against it. Meanwhile other employees in my fiance’s department continue to eat at their desks, some of them together. We feel we are being singled out.

Asked on July 29, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Iowa

Answers:

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

The best way to answer your question is to carefully read the presumed employer employee handbook for work. If two people are allowed to eat at one desk in the office then your finance's supervisor's edict would be inappropriate and have no force and effect.

To be on the safe side, I suggest that you and your fiance' have a meeting with your human resources department at work about the subject.


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