The Fair Work Commission has deemed fair the decision of Qantas Airways Ltd to terminate the employment of an employee who showed up for work intoxicated.
Notorious drinking habits
The employee, a female flight attendant, has already been known for her notorious drinking habits. The alcohol incident that led to her dismissal is already the fifth of its kind. The decision, penned by Senior Deputy President Alan Boulton, effectively dismisses the complaint filed by the Qantas employee claiming unfair dismissal on the part of the airline.
The FWC, however, took into consideration the efforts made by Qantas to help the employee change her alcohol abuse habits. Over the years, Qantas has placed the employee on return-to-work and well-being programs and testing regimes, but she has continually gotten involved in alcohol intoxication-related incidents since 2004. She has received fair warning over the years, but apparently, to no avail.
In fairness, Qantas has indeed approached the matter in the most humanitarian way possible. The airline still took the time and tried hard to help the employee get rid of her alcohol problem, despite repeated breaches of their code of conduct and workplace alcohol policy. Her termination for alcohol incidents was arrived at when Qantas management has decided that enough is enough.
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