Employers dealing with a shaky financial situation and stressed-out employees may use Halloween to add some fun to the workplace. Allowing employees to dress up doesn't cost the company a dime, unless you want to hold a costume contest. Even then, the prizes can be nominal. But beware of the legal bogeyman: Religious discrimination claims filed by employees who don't celebrate the holiday.
For example, a Pentecostal Christian employee may object to Halloween celebrations on the grounds that Halloween promotes Paganism. One employee did this in 2007, claiming that the Halloween decorations in her office subjected her to religious discrimination. A judge dismissed the claim, holding that "Halloween lost its religious and superstitious overtones long ago. It has become instead a commercial holiday enjoyed by communities in its many forms of entertainment." Another judge might not feel the same way, especial...(register to read more)