This excerpt taken from the GPS 10-K filed Mar 28, 2005.
While we recognize and respect the rights of employees to associate freely and to pursue personal relationships with those they encounter in the work environment, employees must use good judgment in ensuring that those relationships do not negatively impact their job performance, their ability to supervise others or the work environment.
Any workplace conduct arising from a romantic relationship, intimate relationship, family relationship or friendship between employees may be improper if the conduct creates an uncomfortable work environment for others. Favoritism, open displays of affection, and making business decisions based on emotions or friendships rather than on the best interests of the Company are examples of inappropriate conduct. Employees who find themselves in an intimate relationship or friendship should use tact, good judgment and sensitivity.
Employees in a reporting relationship with someone that they are consensually dating, romantically involved with, living with or related to must inform the next level of management or Human Resources. We will work with both individuals to try to separate their employment responsibilities from their personal relationship in order to protect the interests of both employees and others and to avoid any conflict of interest.