The new bookkeeper/biller/payroll guy at my sister’s office isn’t working out. He’s falling behind, and what he does get done has more mistakes than is tolerable.
My sister (let’s call her Mary) is sure this is because the man has a drinking problem. Evidence: he’s okay when he comes to work in the morning, but at least a couple times a week his lunch ‘hour’ turns into two hours, and after the long lunches he generally closes his office door and isn’t seen for more hours. Last week something came up where she needed to ask him a question right away. Loud knocking on his door didn’t get any response, so she walked in to find him sprawled forward across his desk. He was somewhere between dead asleep and passed out, an open bottle of booze on his desk.
And then there’s the reek of booze on him, coming through clearly despise the STRONG scents of cologne and breath mints. :rolleyes: Mary has discussed this with the other office workers, who had also notice similar things, and now she plans to tell the business owner. (Who is rarely in the office, most days he’s out prospecing for new customers.)
The question is – can they just fire this guy on the grounds he isn’t doing the work adequately? Or do they risk some sort of lawsuit? Because if alcoholism is an ‘incurable’ disease – does that make it a protected disability automatically?
If so…well, what can they do? As I said, it’s a small company, they really can’t afford to hire another person to do this person’s work AND keep the boozer on the payroll. OTOH, no company can operate when billing and payroll and all get screwed up or not done at all.