Jottings By An Employer's Lawyer

Sunday, February 29, 2004

Moline firefighter suspended for responding drunk to deadly fire

The headline doesn't really tell it all, as the drunk firefighter actually drove a firetruck to the fire. You can read the story from the WQAD websitehere, but the kicker is in this quote (my emphasis added):
''Was the fireman legally drunk? Yes. We did a breath test and found the individual was impaired beyond the legal limit.'' The firefighter is suspended--and may lose his job.
MAY LOSE HIS JOB? Well actually, the manager is actually doing what he should be doing, not telling the media, letting him tell his side of the story etc. Everything that every management labor lawyer would counsel. But don't you ever stop and wonder that this is what the world has come to?

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