Dating my manager
Many food service environments have all the "wrong" ingredients; a server/bartender staff made up of charismatic employees, late nights and/or long hours, and a limited social life outside of work.
And if you pride yourself on having a hands-on management style and being very personal and casual with your employees, then you probably know more about your employees' personal lives than even their loved ones.
It might start by accidentally meeting after work when you've stopped in for a drink. Panic will set in because you will have no idea what to do about it.
You share the same hours and some of the same interests. But getting intimate with an employee is deceptively complicated.
The other instance was when I received a page at home one evening.
When I returned the call to one of the restaurants, the general manager said that one of the female servers was there with her mother demanding that some action be taken against one of the assistant managers who, she said, had been constantly harassing her.
It can lead to everything from a loss of respect among your staff to a sexual harassment lawsuit.
In short, it can be one of the most serious threats to a restaurant manager's career.