Before you breakout your moves dancing to Journey or take the next swig of eggnog, remember this. What seems funny in the moment may send you all the way to the courtroom.

We’ve compiled the best holiday party fails so you don’t turn your good time into an insurance nightmare.

  1. I can’t get no satisfaction, was exactly how the donors of one nonprofit organization felt when they learned the company hired a Rolling Stone tribute band for five hours at a cost far beyond the approved party budget. – When it comes to busting the budget to relive your rock n’ roll glory days on the company dime you may have a group of unforgiving donors to deal with in front of a judge for a D&O liability claim.
  2. After one too many drinks, the IT guy (yes, IT of all people!!) left his laptop at the bar before joining the karaoke sing-a-long. – Remember, hackers aren’t the only way you can suffer a data breach. Lost, misplaced or stolen devices can create a costly cyber claim.
  3. Unbeknownst to the VP of Operations, an employee live streamed him on Facebook showing off his tango chops at the holiday party. - Listen. Letting your hair down at the party is completely understandable but if the CEO decides the viral video harms the company’s reputation and in turn fires the VP, there could be a wrongful termination lawsuit to contend with.
  4. The holiday party committee hired the hottest new comedian for the entertainment. After the comedian insulted coworkers, the event staff and made advances on the boss’ wife, they wondered if they would have a job the next day. – Did you really think a trash talking, rabble rousing comedian wouldn’t ruffle some feathers? Be sure to vet your entertainment so you don’t end up with an EPL claim.
  5. Leaving the holiday party, an employee got into an altercation with the bellhop that was live streamed on Facebook . – Bad party behavior even when the official party is over has lasting repercussions and can cause reputational damage.
  6. “This is my jam!” The DJ played MC Hammer’s Can’t Touch This and the executive assistant joined the Running Man dance off only to end up with a twisted ankle and a sore back. - Proving to your coworkers at the holiday party that you were the dancing queen in high school may not be a good idea for your employer who may have to pay a workers’ comp claim.
  7. After the holiday party, an employee went looking for love using their Tinder app on their corporate issued phone. – Downloading unapproved apps on company devices may be an infraction against your organization’s policy, and could lead to a data breach.

… Happy holidays!