Aurora: DEFCON: Why conference harassment matters
Posted Aug 24, 2012 17:34 UTC (Fri) by JanC_
In reply to: Aurora: DEFCON: Why conference harassment matters
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As some other people already indicated, that policy would be likely considered harassment by your employer here, that's how "sensible" it is...
Who you date is part of your private life, and as such it's legally forbidden (in many/most jurisdictions here in Europe) for your employer to force you to disclose this. Except in special situations, but a labour judge would only accept that for proportionally serious reasons.
Proportional means that the more your privacy gets violated, the stronger the reason for it has to be. In this policy there is a very invasive violation of your privacy which is mostly unnecessary and ineffective. There is too much "collateral damage".
Of course a company can make rules about the requirement to report a conflict of interest when it happens, but that's something entirely different (not every relationship causes one, and they can occur because of other reasons too). Same goes about harassment: of course a company can make a policy about that, but it should target harassment, and not innocent bystanders.
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