I'm 17, 18 in 3 months and I've been dating my coworker who is 23 for about 2 months. Recently our employer has been confronting us about our relationship. He has told us that he will have to file a report on our relationship because of the age difference. However, from my understanding it's not illegal if there is not sexual intercourse in which there isn't. Can they still file a report without evidence?
Also, they have been threatening our positions because we've been posting our relationship on social media. Can they do that as well?
Who is your employer gong to file the report to? He may report his suspicions of a sexual relationship to law enforcement, and then it would be up to the police to decide whether or not to investigate. If the police reported their belief of a sexual relationship to the District Attorney's Office, the D.A. could technically charge your co-worker with statutory rape. I am not saying that would happen, just letting you know what COULD happen. If any authorities ask to speak with your coworker or you, make sure you speak to an attorney first. You do not have to answer any questions without being represented.
As far as your job, California is an "at will" employment state, and an employer can end employment for pretty much any reason, (other than constitutionally protected classes). Dating a coworker is not a protected class.
You should probably contact an attorney about this. Best of luck.
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