French court relies on freedom of expression in workplace “fun” case
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Shani Alexander
Shani Alexander, Senior reporter

Employers should be wary of forcing workers to participate in team-building events involving excessive alcohol, after France’s highest court ruled that a Paris consulting firm was wrong to dismiss an employee for failing to accept its “fun” company policy.

The landmark decision has been widely reported as giving employees a “right not to be fun” at work. But it is also a reminder of the dangers associated with work-related social events and for employers to respect workers’ boundaries.