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This is an unfortunate situation,
under PA law, this would be allowed, unless
you can claim it is a violation of your protected civil rights, the policy would be allowed if it applies to all employees,
If the policy is applied only to you and not others, you may have a claim against the employer.
In terms of implications, you may want to send a letter to the employer or HR, stating that you want to be grandfathered in, due to the fact you have had a relationship with the co worker prior to any rule,
that may be allowed.
Thank you! I will pursue the "grandfathered in" request. Any further recommendations or advise?
You should have the co worker also send the request or speak together with HR to have this issue settled, if you wish even claim she is a fiance, which may make it easier for them to approve.
I suspect this policy was added to our Handbook because of our relationship, however, that would be very difficult to prove
If you both go into the office and ask for a waiver of the policy, that may be the best way to handle the matter,
If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to ask.
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