Using Good Judgment and Common Sense
Holiday events and celebrations sometimes bring with them the notion that reveling and holiday fun trump good judgment and common sense. This should never be the case. Notions of costume parties, theme parties and similar events where employees are encouraged (or worse, directed) to wear clothing that is inappropriately revelatory or which suggests that the normal boundaries of good taste and decency are in some manner suspended should be avoided at all costs. What may seem humorous and harmless to many, may induce discomfort for some and provide an unnecessary breeding ground for employment-related claims. Moreover, to the extent that your firm has previously been the target of employment-related claims — even if successfully defended or resolved — extra care should be employed in designing and holding holiday events.