HR Strange But True!
November 10, 2011

A New York foreclosure law firm is in hot water after photographs of last year’s Halloween party made national headlines. What went wrong? Some of the employees’ costumes, as well as decorations, mocked the homeless.

The New York Times recently acquired the photographs from a former employee of the law firm Steven J. Baum.

One photograph shows two employees dressed up as homeless people, one with a sign saying “3rd party squatter. I lost my home, and I was never served,” the other with a liquor bottle.

The photos also show the office’s controversial decorations. A corner of the office was decorated as a row of foreclosed homes, and there were mock homeless camps.

Steven Baum has issued a statement apologizing for his employees’ actions at the office in question.

“I again want to sincerely apologize for the inappropriate costumes worn by some of our employees at our Halloween Party in 2010. It was in extremely poor taste and I take full responsibility. I know people were extremely offended and people have every right to be upset with me and my firm.”

For tips on planning office parties, read Careful Planning Makes Holiday Celebrations Enjoyable, Trouble-Free.


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