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Holiday Parties Can Put Host Companies at Risk

12.14.15

Michelli Rivera was quoted on 11 Alive on December 14, 2015. The article “Holiday Parties Can Put Host Companies at Risk” discussed how employers need to be aware of the legal risks they can face if they provide alcohol to a company holiday party, and that's not all.

"Liability is a real concern for employers who know that company holiday parties can be the precipice of harassment and discrimination claims," said Michelli. "In addition, in many states with host liquor liability laws, employers can face liability associated with allowing intoxicated employees to drive home."

Michelli said in Georgia, anyone who knowingly sells, furnishes or serves alcohol to another person who is noticeably drunk can be held liable for any injuries or damages caused by that intoxicated person.

"This law remains applicable where the provider is an employer," added Michelli, represents clients in all areas of labor and employment law, including employment discrimination claims, wrongful termination claims, training, and prevention.

To avoid any kind of legal trouble, Michelli suggested the following steps for company party-planning:

"What happens at the holiday office party does not stay at the holiday office party," Michelli added.

To read the full article, please visit 11 Alive.

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