Written notice required in dismissal for cause

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Shelley Wood was employed with Gordon’s Convenience Store as a cashier/counter person from April 2001 until her employment was terminated on Jan. 2, 2002, by Sharon Gordon, a principal of Gordon’s.

Ms. Gordon stated that she made the decision to terminate Ms. Wood on Dec. 29, 2001. On that date Ms. Gordon was told that Ms. Wood was taking money from the change box. She counted the till herself and noticed that it was $20 short. Ms. Wood returned to the store after her shift ended to buy lottery tickets. When Ms. Gordon subsequently counted the money again the $20 had been returned.

Ms. Gordon viewed the unauthorized “borrowing” as stealing. Based on an earlier incident of missing lottery tickets and this incident of borrowing, Ms. Gordon decided to dismiss Ms. Wood.