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Can I sue a potential employer if they refuse to hire me because my significant other is already employed?

M girlfriend works at a casual restaurant place as a shift leader. I'm looking for a job, and I have been told that they will not hire me for any position simple because we are dating. Do I have grounds for a lawsuit?

Asked By: Sniffles - 4/12/2010
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in the US....NO it is perfectly legal to have a policy concerning fraternization
Answered By: michr - 4/12/2010
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Many businesses and corporations have a policy against having mates (married or dating) employed. There is too much risk for personal problems to interfere with their duties. It's frustrating but I doubt you would get very far with challenging their rules.
Answered By: Tepee - 4/12/2010
 
No you can't sue. Many companies have rules that people who date each other or spouses can't work together. The reasons for this are twofold: 1) shrinkage (theft) due to covering for each other and 2) public displays of affection that can disturb patrons and co-workers. {Also if there is a break-up the fights gets... More
Answered By: Geezer - 4/12/2010
 
There are many businesses that have a rule like that. It is perfectly legal. Tell me, exactly how do you think it is discriminatory? No you cannot sue them.
Answered By: Jim L - 4/12/2010
 
No. Many businesses avoid having one employee report to another when there is a personal relationship. Look somewhere else.
Answered By: Sharon T - 4/12/2010
 
No - they have the right to not hire you.
Answered By: Judy - 4/13/2010
 
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