Can You Be Fired for What Comes AFTER the Company Christmas Party?
Tis the season for holiday festivities and whether you dread or look forward to attending your company Christmas party, it’s a good idea to think twice before drinking to excess at this type of function. Everyone knows that lewd, crude, and socially unacceptable behavior AT the Christmas party itself could get you canned, but what about an employee’s post-party escapades?
If an employee causes a crash after she chose to drive under the influence of alcohol which was served to her at the employer’s party, her days at that job are numbered. An injured plaintiff will look to recover from an at-fault driver and the insurance on the car she was driving first. If that is not enough to make the injured plaintiff whole, he may then turn to the employer who served the alcohol to the intoxicated at-fault driver.
Most employees can be fired for almost any reason or for no reason at all in Colorado, which is an “at will” employment state. Understandably, the employee is not likely to keep her job once the employer is contacted to provide its insurance information for purposes of making a claim. The employee is even less likely to keep her job in the event the employer is ultimately sued over its involvement.
The best course of action is to keep alcohol consumption to a minimum at any company party and if you plan to drink, come up with a plan ahead of time to keep yourself and others safe out on the roads by riding only with sober drivers. If you or someone you love is injured by an impaired driver, contact the Colorado Springs Injury Attorneys at Rosenbaum & Wootton, P.C. by calling 719.634.0102 or click on this link to schedule your FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION.