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Holiday Office Party Do’s and Don’ts for Employees

December 20th, 2022
Philadelphia Employment Lawyers at The Gold Law Firm P.C. Help Employees Who Have Been Harassed at Holiday Office Parties.

Office parties can present opportunities for networking and socializing with colleagues, but sometimes things get out of hand. One wrong move can negatively impact your career, and when others act inappropriately, they can put you in an uncomfortable position. If you have an office holiday party coming up, here are some do’s and don’ts to use as a guideline.


  • Attend the party: Office parties range from casual or elegant sit-down lunches to all-out parties with buffets, open bars, and music. It is best to attend even if you do not want to because employers expect it. Respond promptly after you have carefully read the details. The invitation might only be for you and not a significant other.
  • Arrange for a ride home: Also, check the time and location. If you plan to drink, arrange for a ride, or you can book a hotel room if possible.
  • Make a good impression: Maintaining a professional demeanor is important at holiday parties, but this does not mean that you cannot enjoy yourself. Instead of heading to the bar right away, mingle and get something to eat. Seek out your managers, co-workers, and company executives soon after you arrive to say “hello.” This can also be an excellent opportunity to introduce yourself to company leaders.


  • Dress inappropriately: This is not the time to dress up as though you are going out to a nightclub. These are business events. Do your best to arrive on time, and try not to leave too early or be the last one to go.
  • Talk about controversial topics: It is wise to avoid discussing politics or religion at office parties. Do not make offensive comments or get into heated arguments with your peers.

What if I am Sexually Harassed at a Holiday Work Party?

Unfortunately, some employees behave badly at holiday office parties, and this can be more likely when they have had too much to drink. Although the event might take place at a catering hall or restaurant, this can still be considered workplace sexual harassment. If someone targets you for this kind of abuse, try to remove yourself from the situation right away. See if anyone witnessed it, and ask them what they saw. It is a good idea to write down what happened while it is still fresh in your mind.

Sexual harassment of this nature should be reported to a supervisor or your HR department, so read your employee manual and see what the procedures are for reporting it. If the company does not take the appropriate action to stop sexual harassment, you can contact an employment lawyer to discuss possible legal options.

Philadelphia Employment Lawyers at The Gold Law Firm P.C. Help Employees Who Have Been Harassed at Holiday Office Parties

Holiday parties can be fun, but some people may behave inappropriately at them. If you have been harassed at a holiday party and need legal help, speak with one of our skilled Philadelphia employment lawyers at The Gold Law Firm P.C. Call us at 215-569-1999 or complete our online form today to schedule a free consultation. Located in Philadelphia and Pennsauken, New Jersey, we serve clients in South Jersey and Southeastern Pennsylvania, including Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, Northeast Philadelphia, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Lehigh County, and Montgomery County.

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