A representative for Tinder has revealed the dating app’s policies on employee relationships. The news came after holiday rental platform Airbnb announced its workers can only ask their colleagues out on a date once.
MarketWatch published a follow-up article detailing the varying standards held by a number of different technology companies.
Tinder allows employees to have romantic relationships within their direct chain of command, as long as the couple shows honesty by notifying executives of any potential conflicts of interest.
The unnamed spokesperson told MarketWatch: “We’re a company focused on helping people make connections. We don’t prohibit workplace dating, but there are restrictions when the relationship is between a manager and subordinate.
“We ask you to inform us if you are engaging in a romantic relationship with a manager or subordinate to ensure that all employees feel comfortable in the workplace.”
Facebook and Google also both have a policy of only propositioning a co-worker once, while Netflix explains that repeatedly asking someone out could lead to a “hostile” work environment.
At the start of the year, Tinder was voted one of the best midsize companies to work for in Los Angeles. Benefits included free daily meals and snacks, fitness facilities and a games room.
Bumble Founder Whitney Wolfe Herd filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Tinder in 2014, alleging that her then boyfriend and boss Justin Mateen sent her a string of threatening text messages after they broke up.
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