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Question: During a holiday party, can the employer be responsible for “no appropriated presents” when the group is doing grab bags or surprise presents, for example, in case an employee feels that the present represents something against their religion?

Answer: Removing any potential liability can be done through simply placing guidelines on the gifts, such as no religious symbols or themes. Permitting guests to participate voluntarily by placing a gift into a pile, where gifts are then chosen or handed out at random to only those who participated, may also tend to minimize exposure under this activity.