A low bar for dismissal at Saskatchewan hotel

Failure to enter drink sale in point-of-sale system or account for missing $6.90 not enough to provide just cause for bartender's dismissal
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 05/15/2019

A Saskatchewan arbitrator has reinstated a hotel bartender who was fired over a missing $6.90 for a drink that wasn’t properly entered into its transaction system.

The worker was a head bartender at the Hotel Saskatchewan in Regina, hired in 1994. His job involved serving food and drinks to customers, inventory control, cleaning the bar area, and following proper customer payment procedures. He worked mostly independently with a couple of servers.

On April 19, 2018, the worker was tending bar when a woman working as a secret shopper — employed with an agency contracted by the Hotel Saskatchewan to inspect the integrity of employees — sat down at the bar and ordered two drinks over the course of one hour, paying cash.