Litigation Value: $150.00 (for the birthday cakes)
As they always say, you can’t please all of the people all of the time. Nowhere is this more true than at office parties, birthday or otherwise. Lucky for Dunder Mifflin, the biggest party-related issue in last night’s episode was birthday cake. But sometimes employers just aren’t that lucky. Take, for instance, the annual holiday party. It is just amazing what can happen after folks get a few drinks in them. And, in many cases, employers are on the hook for the aftermath.
In many states, employers who serve alcohol at parties can be liable for the acts of their drunken employees. And that’s where it starts to get really expensive. Not to mention that free flowing booze can result in complaints of sexual harassment. After all, who hasn’t been to an office party where some outrageously drunk co-worker turns into the office-Casanova? I’m not saying employers necessarily need to turn into office party Scrooges; they just need to keep an eye on things. Sure, some folks will gripe about the limited drink tickets or the “no alcohol” policy but, as I said, you just can’t please all of the people all of the time.