MacLeod makes the comments in an article discussing the fallout that may follow inappropriate or drunken antics at a workplace gathering.
“One of the big things law firms are looking at is whether lawyers show good judgment in different situations. If somebody makes a fool of themselves, (partners) will be reluctant to give them work to do or put them in front of clients,” MacLeod says in the legal publication.
“Sometimes there can be a lot of hanky-panky going on at these office parties and that can cause all kinds of problems,” he adds, noting superior-subordinate relationships can be particularly problematic.
Liability is also a question that must be addressed when discussing office parties, says MacLeod.
“The firm can be found liable as a social host if somebody goes out and gets in a car accident or runs somebody over while they’re drunk,” he says in Lawyers Weekly. “You need to be very careful if you serve drinks and manage the drinking process.”