Three out of four employers have banned Christmas decorations from their offices for fear of offending other faiths, a report has claimed.
Law firm Peninsula said the workplace was becoming caught up in the "wave" of political correctness affecting festive traditions.
A survey of 2,300 employers found that 74 per cent had banned decorations because they were worried about offending other faiths, while half thought they made offices look unprofessional. Peter Done, managing director of Peninsula, said the findings followed a number of cases involving local authorities banning festive activities and decorations in high streets and shopping centres.
"Christmas trees and decorations may well be a thing of the past in many workplaces this Christmas as political correctness culture has spread to the workplace.
"Although employers who are enforcing the ban are sceptical and dismayed by this trend, they feel that they have little choice in the matter due to the threat of litigation; as they have to protect themselves, their reputation and their livelihood."
However, the National Secular Society dismissed the reports of employers banning Christmas as "exaggerated and misleading."
President Terry Sanderson said: "Where Christmas parties and decorations are being discontinued it is usually for cost or health and safety reasons.
"The results of the survey need to be interpreted with caution. Such surveys, especially those conducted by legal services organisations, are likely to induce the very overreaction to cultural sensitivities which they appear to decry.
"It would be far better if the workplace was regarded as an entirely secular place, leaving religious observance to the home or place of worship."
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