Termination Warranted for Failure to Follow Alcohol Service Policy

|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 02/05/2011

Prevented from serving alcohol to minors by a colleague’s last-minute intervention, a stadium beer seller was nevertheless fired by her employer who alleged that she had failed to follow proper procedures.

A stadium beer server with 14 years’ experience, J.D. had sold beer for numerous concession operators over the years. She had about one year’s seniority with the new concession operator when an incident involving minors in July 2009 led to her termination. Until that point, she had never been disciplined.

The alcohol concession at the stadium is regulated by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, which has the power to inspect, suspend and/or revoke licenses and to impose fines. The stadium’s licence has been suspended on a number of occasions.