Originally Posted by WN2
Do it. I don't know about the American policies, but I have yet to hear of someone who was fired in Scandinavia because (s)he had an affair with a coworker. Of course things might get awkward if things don't work out but how's that different from what could happen in school or any other organization?
Because in a work situation, it's much easier for her to claim (or maybe really perceive) that you exerted undue influence on her because you were an important rising executive and she was a poor widdle lowly receptionist who felt she had to surrender to your charms in order to save her job and be able to afford to take care of her elderly parents.
It's generally a bad idea to casually date someone from work, but if you must, at least make it a peer.