“The holidays can be a festive and joyous time that is meant to be shared with other people. However, there are lines that separate permissible holiday merriment from unwanted and unlawful conduct,” write Goldberg Segalla partner Sean P. Beiter. “Many employers whose holiday parties have fallen on the wrong side of those lines have become enmeshed in unnecessary and costly legal battles.”
In this article, Sean examines a recent decision from the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York that provided a sobering reminder of just some of the employment litigation risks attendant with work holiday parties. In addition, the author provides practical guidelines that companies may wish to follow in order to avoid the unfortunate plight faced by the employer defendant in that decision.