Beyond these risks, the primary concern around workplace dating is that, one day, a participant in the relationship (scorned or otherwise) later claims the relationship was in fact a form of sex harassment.
If you own a company, chances are you've had to decide (and at times reassess) whether to allow consensual dating and romantic relationships among your employees -- or, in legalese, whether and to what extent to adopt an office "non-fraternization" policy.
Lastly, when romantic relationships fail (and let's not kid ourselves -- they usually do), there is the possibility one or both participants may view the once blissful (and consensual) detente through a lens of revisionist history -- fertile ground for headline-grabbing and costly sex harassment litigation.
It is always illegal to engage in sexual activity with a person under the age of 12.
It is also illegal for a person over the age of 18 to engage in sexual behavior with, or in the presence of, a person that is between the ages of 12 and 16.
On the other hand, many view workplace relationships as an inevitable byproduct of today's interconnected world. For example, polling suggests millennials are much more open to office romance than their older counterparts.