Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

Office Halloween Parties Can Scare up Legal Issues

October 2019 Bar Bulletin

By David Barron

For many adults, Halloween has come to be identified with risqué costumes, pranks and overall debauchery. Although many companies are tempted to lighten up and allow employees to celebrate Halloween at work, it is important to set boundaries. 

For example, should employees be allowed to wear a “Sexy Nurse” or “Donald Trump” costume to an office Halloween party? How about employees who believe that Halloween is offensive and celebrating it is a violation of their religious beliefs? Should the office Halloween Party be renamed the Fall Festival, just like many Christmas parties are now rebranded as “Holiday Parties?” 

These are questions that...

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