US clothing firm American Apparel has updated its code of ethics just a month after its controversial founder Dov Charney was dismissed following accusations of misconduct.
One of the more interesting features is the entry on Personal or Romantic Relationships Between Personnel (no. 7 on the document).
The Company is committed to preventing sexual harassment in the workplace, avoiding conflicts of interest, and fostering a comfortable working environment for everyone in a Company workplace.
- American Apparel code of ethics
The new rules state that no employee may have a relationship - either romantic (including "casual dating") or personal (i.e. family ties, financial dealings, housemates) - if they have a "perceived or actual influence over the other's term of employment".
It also states that no "management-level employee may make sexual advances, welcome or unwelcome, toward any subordinate, regardless of whether the subordinate reports to the management employee, either directly or indirectly".
Charney, who co-founded the company in 1998, came under intense scrutiny following a string of sexual harassment lawsuits brought forward by former employees - he was suspended in June with the saga running on for six months. All the cases were either settled or dismissed, as the Independent reported last month.
The co-founder admitted he had intimate relationships with employees, but insisted they were consensual. He was eventually dismissed in December and was replaced by well-known fashion executive Paula Schneider who officially took up the post on Monday.