|The dangers of nepotism are this:
Narrowly defined, nepotism is showing favoritism to relatives. Broadly defined in the workplace, nepotism is giving jobs to and showing favoritism to relatives and to a coworker with whom one is romantically involved or living with.
Here are just two examples of problem situations which can occur when closely related individuals are employed in the same workplace or department.
1. If one relative is accused of wrongdoing, can the employer be confident of getting an unbiased statement from the relative who is a witness?
2. If the employer has to discipline one relative, will the other relative show animosity and engage in negative behaviors in the workplace?
So, what should an employer do? Some employers adopt policies which prohibit or limit:
However, some states and some localities prohibit or have limitations on such policies. Such a policy may also be illegal if, in a workplace, it is used to limit the job opportunities and advancement for women or other protected classes.
What to Do Before Adopting a Nepotism Policy…
If you’re reviewing or drafting a policy on nepotism keep these things in mind:
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