Drinking on the Job vs. ADA Laws

June 30, 2015

Federated Insurance - HR Question of the Month

Can you terminate an employee for drinking on the job after a request for assistance?

We have a company policy that if you are caught drinking on the job, you can be suspended and/or terminated. We found an employee drinking while he was on the clock. He denied and lied about the situation, but later admitted this happened. After admitting this happened, he told a manager he needs help and wants to go to a drug re-habitation program and wanted to know if our company would help to pay for this.

Question: Can we still fire this employee for breaking company policy even though after the fact he states he needs personal help and might need to take a leave of absence?

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