Q & A Session – Can Supervisors Require Attendance at Holiday Luncheon?


Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience.


Can a supervisor require mandatory attendance to a Christmas luncheon at an expensive restaurant the cost of $45.00/plate paid by the agency employee plus a $20.00 gift? I do not believe that a supervisor can require subordinates to use personal funds on the mandatory attendance to the restaurant just because she so desires.


A supervisor cannot mandate attendance at a lunch that you pay for or require you to purchase a gift. The supervisor may, however, make this option available for special occasions, such as the retirement of an employee.

Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw Bransford & Roth PC.

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