Brits warned they could lose their jobs over Christmas party antics
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When it comes to the work Christmas party, there's always one person who gets too drunk.
But how drunk is too drunk when surrounded by your work colleagues (and of course your boss)?
Well, turns out Brits could be at risk of losing their jobs if they take things too far at the work party. Despite the work Christmas do often being outside working hours and often away from the office, an employment lawyer has warned that rules certain must still be followed.
Jayne Harrison, head of employment law at Richard Nelson LLP, told the Daily Star: "While the Christmas party is an event there to be enjoyed, it's important to remember there are boundaries and rules which must be respected.
"Disciplinary action can be taken against employees who display bad behaviour as it will fall under gross misconduct, whether it takes place at the office or a venue further afield.
"In these circumstances an employer can dismiss an employee as long as a fair procedure is followed involving an investigation.
"It’s also important to note companies are vicariously liable for their employees’ actions, so it’s within everyone’s interests to ensure people don’t cross the line.
"In the days leading up to the party taking place we recommend that businesses email their staff with a reminder of the expected behaviour at work events.
"This helps to reinforce a zero tolerance approach to bad behaviour at Christmas parties."
Of course, enjoying yourself over a few drinks isn't likely to land you in any trouble, but there are certain behaviours that are sure to see you called into the boss' office on Monday morning.
Theft, violence, harassment and not turning up to work the following day are sure to be problematic.
Last year, we told you about the man who caused utter chaos at his work party after drinking Guinness and double whisky chasers.
Writing on Reddit, one colleague explained that the man was 'notorious for being a bit mental at the best of times' and caused mayhem at the meal.
The Reddit user writes: "We get to dessert and he's putting his arm round this other guy being all weird, then grabs the pot of cream and pours it over the guy's lap.
"After dinner a musician turns up with an acoustic guitar and starts singing. He says 'hey karaoke!' and starts hassling the guy and has to be dragged back to the table."
The chaos continued in the toilets, when one of the managers went to check on the man to find he had urinated all over the cubicle.
At this point his work mates called a cab for him and two of them accompanied him home. Then things take another turn for the worse.
"They get to his semi-detached house and he apparently can't remember which one he lives in and can't seem to find his key either," the storyteller said.
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