THE tradition of donating anonymous ‘Secret Santa’ gifts in the office could result in a discrimination claim, human resources specialists have warned.
Law At Work say that even though the gifts are donated anonymously – often the givers take names of their co-workers out of a hat – a ‘cheeky’ or humorous present could be regarded as harassment or victimisation if it offends the recipient.
That person could take their complaint to the tribunal if they feel they have been degraded or that their dignity has been violated.
The warning follows the introduction of age discrimination law in Jersey in September which, coupled with the established legislation against race and sex discrimination, protects against offensive remarks made in the workplace or outside it.
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