Workplace Word - Avoiding Holiday Liability
by Jennifer R. Phillips
‘Tis the season to be jolly. While you are enjoying a cup of hot chocolate and planning this year’s office party, don’t forget to take a moment to assess the potential legal liability of company-sponsored holiday festivities. As the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals aptly put it, “[a]t the risk of playing the Grinch . . . we note that office Christmas parties also seem to be fertile ground for unwanted sexual overtures that lead to Title VII complaints.” Here are some tips to avoid finding a proverbial lump of coal in your stocking in the form of a new lawsuit.