By Maria Yagoda
Updated June 15, 2016 01:20 PM
Credit: Chris Haston/NBC

Dating in the workplace can get very complicated, very quickly.

We searched Reddit for stories of people who decided to try dating, hooking up with or even marrying people they worked with and how it turned out.

Here are 19 stories that prove literally anything can happen, from fist fights to childbirth. (Hopefully not in the same sitting.)

“I met my boyfriend at Wendy’s. It was awesome. Meeting in the freezer for kisses, winking at each other and just generally stealing glances at each other … we could’ve both been fired, so it felt a lot like a less-romantic, less-dramatic, fast-food version of Romeo and Juliet.”

“Two managers in compliance started hooking up. The woman had 3 or 4 kids. They hooked up for a long time, like over a year. Eventually the woman’s husband found out about it and threatened to come to our office and shoot the guy dead. She took a new job soon after this. The guy is still viewed as being on partner track but all the partners know about his affair and it will probably stop it from happening.”

“I’ve been married for 15 years to her. We dated for about a year before I left for another job.”

“I worked at a pretty stodgy finance/brokerage place. We chatted a bunch, due to our respective responsibilities. I decided to be ‘funny’ and send her a link to a humorous website (, thinking she would get a laugh out of it. They had a daily picture or some such thing, and it turns out that day’s ‘Mullet of the Day’ was a pic of Ron Jeremy … doing what he does for a living. Whoops. She proceeds to send me the nastiest email, I ever received. ‘Who do you think you are?! How dare you?! I can’t believe you think this is acceptable!’ At this point, I had no idea what she was talking about, so I go to the website and start looking around. And then, I find it. And I start to sweat. Profusely. And feel like I’m going to puke. And get fired. I call her up, and as soon as she answers. I can’t apologize enough. I’m rambling about not knowing what it was and that I had no idea on and on and on … I stop only when I start to hear her laughing on the other end of the phone. I was hooked. We’ve been married for ten years.”

“I worked for a nationwide company and had a bit of a romance with a much older man (he was 63, I was 33). He was smoky-sexy and looked like Ed Harris. He was smooth and sweet and smart. He flirted with me in business settings, but appropriately. One evening all the staff were staying at a local hotel, and I snuck up to his room. We had amazing sex, and I was FLOORED at the difference in being with someone with so much experience. But my laugh is singular, and some coworkers heard me there in his room. Luckily they were the ‘cool’ ones. We dated off and on, when he was in town, for about a year … very casually, no pressure, no constant contact. Eventually the way that people looked at us got on my nerves. It was always assumed by waitstaff that he was my father, and when they found out he was my date they would look at me knowingly and judgmentally, as if I were after his money (which I never was).”

“I met my current SO at the office. We kept our romance secret to the point that we still have to lie to people about our anniversary. And she’s had a new job for two years.”

“I met both of my ex-girlfriends through previous jobs. I worked in different departments from both of them. The shared workplace had nothing to do with either breakup, although it may have prolonged my first relationship. She essentially dumped me the same day I got fired. It was made clear that she was already unhappy, and I assume afraid to pull the trigger because of the awkwardness that would result from running into each other regularly.”

“I met my wife on the job. We both moved to another company together and started dating. Moved to two more jobs together before I finally changed careers. We have been together 14+ years.”

“I’m dating my coworker from my last job. It pretty much went from being coworkers to starting to hang out after work a couple of times, and took off from there, but only after I left for a different job, which had nothing to do with wanting to pursue a relationship with him. We were never flirtatious at work, kept things professional and focused while there. No one knew about us ‘seeing’ each other until about a week before I left.”

“I work with my current boyfriend. Ate lunch with him in a group one day and we instantly connected… nerded out on science stuff (we’re chemists). He’s very shy, so I got another friend/coworker to be my wingman and he told my current BF that I was interested. During a coworker outing a couple months after I met him (no bosses, only young entry-level people), we got really drunk and ended up making out in front of everyone. Since he’s shy and never had a GF before, I sort of coaxed him into asking me out. I found out he had a crush on me since he started working there nine months earlier. We’ve been dating for 3 months now with no issues. Almost crazy how compatible we are … I think we just got lucky. We kept it very quiet for the first two months, but everyone knows now and they’re happy for us. I’m moving to a better, new job next month with a different company and we’re planning on moving in together in the near future.”

“My ex and I met at work, and nobody knew for seven or eight months. It’s important to remember that if things go south, you are going to have to put up with seeing them every day. I have been in a position before where that has been kind of awful for me.”

“I had a three-year relationship with a former coworker. It ended in balls-out screaming where she called me an a–hole and slammed her keys on the floor. I called her a b—- and then she left.”

“We’ve been together for 24 years in December and are celebrating our 19th wedding anniversary in October. We have three great kids. After all this time, I’m still crazy in love with her, and I can’t imagine what life would be like without her in it.”

“I dated a girl I worked with at Coldstone Creamery. I was a new hire, she had been there a couple years. We dated for about three months, then I, as civilly as possibly, broke it off between us. Just wasn’t working out, but I was hoping we’d still be professional about it at work. Well she’s good friends with the manager, and threatens to quit unless they fire me because she no longer feels comfortable with me working at the store. So the manager politely asked me to quit, I did, and then worked at the Marble Slab almost directly across the street. Their ice cream was better than Coldstone anyway.”

“She was my boss. Now she’s my wife of 17 years. And to answer your next question; Yes, she’s still the boss.”

“I’m in a relationship with someone from the same small (90 employee) company. We do not work in same department, but see each other many times a day in passing. We do not have a ‘no dating’ policy or anything at work, but we keep it strictly professional there. We’ve been together three years and have lived together for two and no one at work has a clue. We may get married at some point, which would probably make it necessary to ‘come out.'”

“My mother once dated her boss while she worked at Tim Horton s. My brothers and I call that man ‘Dad.'”

“Where I work, it’s like a giant orgy. It’s a seasonal job with a bunch of high school kids about to head into college and a bunch of college kids just trying to make some money over the summer. Everyone dates everyone and then cheats on them with someone else. When it comes time for promotions, we legitimately have to consider who has slept with who and how that will affect morale and the team. Like, ‘Well, Jane really kicked a– last summer, but she also had that horrible breakup with Jack, and while I think Jack would be fine if we promoted her, Jane might have major issues working with him. Not to mention they both slept with John from maintenance.'”

“After she dumped me, I hated work. Loathed it. I mean, there’s always the ‘Man, my job sucks’ feeling everyone gets, but I got legit anxiety on my ride to work, passing by my job otherwise, etc.”