No Protection for Drinking On the Job

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Question: One of the facilities we operate has a formal dining room and bar. One of our directors found a bartender drinking wine while on duty. We have a rule that drinking by employees isn’t allowed on the premises at all. We would like to fire her. If she tells us she has a drinking problem, would the termination violate her rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?

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Answer: It’s widely accepted that the ADA protects qualified individuals who suffer from alcoholism and meet the standards for establishing a disability. The Act,

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