Misbehaving At Your Work Christmas Party Could Get You Sacked
Christmas is just around the corner, and that means the annual p***-up with your work colleagues - but an expert has warned that what happens on the staff Christmas do doesn't necessarily stay on the staff Christmas do, and if you act out you could face harsh consequences and even lose your job.
We all like to let our hair down every now and then, even more so if your boss is footing the bill, but technically a work's party is a form of 'company time'.
Speaking to The Daily Record, Priya Cunningham, a specialist employment lawyer at Watermans Solicitors, said: "The employer needs to bear in mind reputational damage to their business when considering an employee's conduct on a night out.
"Bosses are also vicariously liable for their employees' actions. If an employee assaults someone on a night out, leaving them with a life changing injury - such as brain damage - the employer may also be liable for their actions.
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"It's important to get advice from our employment law specialist if you're facing the sack after your Christmas work do."
So, while there's no harm in having a drink, if you act out and get into a fight, start sexually harassing someone or commit another crime you could very likely lose your job.
You could also face the sack if you end up committing a serious health and safety breach while at your work do.
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