Most workers don’t think twice about completing their brackets and throwing some money in the pot during the annual March Madness office pool. And they probably shouldn’t. But many employers probably don’t know they could wind up in jail–yes, jail–if they get busted.
Gambling is illegal in almost every state, and a March Madness pool really boils down to nothing more than acting as a cubicle-based bookie. Participating in gambling obviously can get you in trouble, but so can owning the property where illegal gambling occurs. That means if you own your office, you could take the fall for your employees’ illegal office pool.
But while we’re on the topic of gambling, the odds of getting busted? About zero.