Manager Sacked for Being Intoxicated

A manager sacked for being intoxicated at work has won nearly $300k in damages from his employer for breach of contract. The court took into account that the employer routinely paid for alcohol for staff. The court also took into account that the manager’s contract read with the company policies did not allow for a summary dismissal for intoxication at work per se but required something more – some aggravating factor.

Mitchell-Innes v Willis Australia Group Services Pty Ltd (No 2) 2013/148638 (8 December 2014)