Is it legal for my company to make me sign a paper prohibiting me from dating customers but not have co-workers sign it?

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Is it legal for my company to make me sign a paper prohibiting me from dating customers but not have co-workers sign it?

I work at a casino and they made me sign a paper saying I was not allowed to date customers. I am the only one they made do this. Is this legal?

Asked on August 21, 2011 Washington

Answers:

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

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

The fact of the matter is that employees do not have to be treated equally. It is perfectly permissable to treat one employee differently than the others. That is as long as such treatment does not violate company policy or a union/employment contract. Also, if differing treatment is the result of discrimination, that would be illegal. So for example, if you have been given less favorable treatment due to your status in a legally protected class, that's against the law. Membership in such a class is based on: race, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, etc. However you gave no indication of this to be the case.

Bottom line, there can be discrimination in the workplace so long as it is not legally actionable discrimination.


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