Jerryto is a manufacturer of car parts and always holds its office party twice a year. This year is no different, and the company prepares its site for the bash, including putting up tables, paying for entertainment, and organizing for food and drinks for the bash.
The company doesn’t hire caterers to serve the food and drinks; instead, they encourage their managers to attend to the people attending. The party kicks off at 6 pm, and many people are in attendance ranging from other business owners to neighbors. They are dancing, and many are enjoying the free food and alcohol. Tom, One of the employees from a nearby restaurant, is already drunk.
He is slurring on his words and stumbling around, and still makes a beeline to the counter for another drink. Anne, who is already intoxicated, doesn’t recognize that tom is already drunk, and gives him another drink.
The party ends at 10 pm, and everyone heads home, smiling and happy. On the way back home, tom runs a red light and crashes into a car carrying a family. Two kids in the family car perish on the spot.
The parents of the two kids bring a lawsuit against Jerryto for the death of the kids. Is Jerryto in trouble?
For many people, the office party is a time to unwind and have fun. It’s simple, the office hosts a party, and their clients come together to have fun and interact with the employees.However, most of the employers throw caution to the wind during this time of the year, and the event is highly likely to end up with unpleasant results.
While we don’t want to scare you from having a party for your company, we need to address what happens at these events and what it means for your company.
As an asset protection lawyer, I emphasize the need for reigning in employee liability. Many companies don’t set clear rules and expectations from their staff and lack that set of well-enforced expectations to make things work the way they need to during these events.