How To Avoid A Legal Hangover After Your Holiday Party

Law360, New York (December 12, 2014, 2:48 PM EST) -- Gathering workers together for holiday merriment is a beloved tradition for many employers, but holiday parties can open the door to discrimination and harassment claims, as well as other potential legal problems. 

A festive setting can build team cohesiveness, but it can also magnify employees' natural human tendency to do silly or even offensive things, particularly if alcohol is involved. That can give potentially litigious workers a stand-alone justification for a legal claim or add ammunition to the arsenal of someone alleging a broader pattern of unlawful conduct.    

“Bad behavior happens at work a lot, but parties and after-hours events tend...

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