If my boss held a mandatory meeting at his house and served alcohol, is this illegal since I’m a minor?

Asked on December 15, 2010 under Employment Labor Law, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

It's not illegal to have alchohal at the  meeting or the boss's home--otherwise, no parents of minor children could drink; restaurants could not serve alchohal unless all patrons were over 21; most weddings couldn't serve drinks; etc.

However, it would be illegal to serve you alchohal. It would also be illegal to require that you drink, even if the requirement is made somewhat implicit (e.g. "C'mon John/Jane Doe...you're making your coworkers feel awkward because you're not joining in."), since employers cannot require that employees do illegal acts (like underage drinking). But just having alchohal and serving it to those over the drinking age is not illegal. If you drank without anyone "serving" it to you, then you'd be the one who violated  the drinking age laws.


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