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3 Ways to Avoid Sex Crime Accusations at a Work Holiday Party

3 Ways to Avoid Sex Crime Accusations at a Work Holiday Party

Many companies throughout the United States. host holiday parties annually for employers and employees to enjoy and celebrate the festive season, as well as another year of productivity. These parties typically consist of lavish dinners, open bars, and plenty of dancing.

However, many companies in recent years have either limited the number of drinks served at these parties or canceled the annual event entirely. The main reason why is because they want to avoid sexual misconduct allegations that have cost people their jobs and made them subject to criminal charges.

In October 2017, The New York Times and The New Yorker brought to light decades worth of sexual assault and harassment accusations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, forcing him out of the industry and starting the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. Ever since then, men and women from every industry have been inspired to call out powerful people for their inappropriate behavior. Since your company’s next holiday party could get a little wild, you need to be aware of how lighthearted fun could be misinterpreted as something inappropriate or even unlawful.

If your company is throwing a holiday party this year, here are three steps to avoid being accused of a sex crime during the festivities:

  1. Keep tabs on how much you drink – If your party has an open bar, be careful not to get too intoxicated enough to loosen your inhabitations, behave like you wouldn’t normally act in an office setting, and embarrass yourself. Keep in mind, a drunk night at a company party could compromise your career and perhaps your freedom. Know your limit and do not go over it at all costs.
  2. Avoid flirting – If you are contemplating whether to tell your female coworker that she looks beautiful or smells nice tonight, ask yourself if you would say the same thing to a male coworker? Most likely not. Perhaps you may comment on his attire, especially if you were genuinely interested. But when it comes to saying something about a female coworker’s dress, just keep the comments to yourself.
  3. No touching – While you can always shake someone’s hand and perhaps tap their shoulder, touching someone anywhere below the shoulder could be construed as inappropriate. Additionally, holding or rubbing is especially off-limits. If your party has a dance floor, it’s best to keep your hands to yourself and provide some space between you and your dance partner.

If you have been accused of a sex crime in Kansas City, contact Stein Law, LLC today at (913) 583-0465 for a free consultation.


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