WORKPLACE DISCRIMINATION AND HOLIDAY PARTIES
Discrimination is probably the biggest concern for an employer planning a holiday party and it’s that time of year again. Employees also need to be mindful of company policies. What do employers and employees need to be watchful for? This is an important question to ask as holiday parties can have unanticipated legal implications and bring with them the potential opportunity to create employer legal liability.
Not only can the fun and festivities of a company Christmas party lead to employer liability resulting from alcohol related accidents or injuries, but the relaxed environment and the introduction of alcohol can also lead to allegations of sexual harassment.
Who does it apply to: It applies to all employers and employees
What are the legal issues: Holiday parties potentially implicate a variety of employment laws: Discrimination, Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), Workers’ Compensation, and liability associated with providing alcohol.
Here are a few ways to handle certain situations that can come about
Company hosted holiday parties are intended to be fun, relaxing and rewarding occasions for workers and their families. Careful planning and awareness of company policy are key to ensuring a great time for all.