David Barron, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, answered the question of the week in the Law.com Newsletter for December 2017. First, this is the wrong time to have a sexual harassment incident arising out of a holiday party. The sensitivity is high and the potential for a complaint, or even litigation, is a real concern. Some tips to reduce risks associated with harassment claims include: (1) Issue a reminder to everyone that holiday parties are intended to be festive but also respectful; don’t embarrass yourself, your family or your company; (2) Limit alcohol; (3) Consider having designated managers or HR personnel with informal responsibility to monitor conduct and intervene, if necessary, to prevent inappropriate behavior.
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