Employee’s drinks get her in hot water

Employer had enough of alcohol-related incidents
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 02/05/2014

This edition of You Make the Call features an employee who was dismissed for being intoxicated at work.

The employee was a part-time food services worker and cook for the Port Hawkesbury Nursing Home in Port Hawkesbury, N.S., hired in June 2005. The nursing home had elderly residents with a variety of medical conditions and limitations which required special diets and types of food delivery, such as puree, chopped, regular, or minced. Because of the various medical conditions, food delivery and menu development was stringent.

Employees were generally not allowed to leave the nursing home during their shift, but on April 21, 2011, the cook was given permission to leave and she went to her car. After she came back she was observed slurring her speech and having difficulty speaking. Her manager and a union representative met with her and she was encouraged to contact the employee assistance program (EAP) before being driven home.