Can a private golf club prevent an employee from dating a member of that club?

UPDATED: Oct 9, 2017

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Can a private golf club prevent an employee from dating a member of that club?

My girlfriend works at the private golf club where I am a member. Her direct supervisor has stated that they may include in their employee handbook a statement that they forbid an employee from dating members. Is this legal and if they make threats of dismissal or other negative actions, can the employee sue and win?

Asked on October 9, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Florida


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

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

This action is perfectly perfectly. The fact is that most employment is "at will" which means that a company/business can set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit unless some form of actionable discrimination plays a part. However, there is no such discrimination in this case. Accordingly, unless this treatment violates the terms of an employment contract or union agreement, your girlfriend has no claim here. She can either accept this restriction, ignore it but risk termination, or quit.

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