WSH Successfully Defends Golden Beach in Labor Arbitration

Last week, WSH obtained a significant arbitration victory for the Town of Golden Beach in a case involving a former police officer who was terminated for sleeping on the job. In the arbitration, the former employee claimed that she was improperly terminated without just cause in violation of the collective bargaining agreement between the Town and the union that represents its police officers. In denying the employee’s grievance, the arbitrator ruled that the Town established by clear and convincing evidence that it had just cause for the employee’s termination. The arbitrator specifically rejected the employee’s claim that she should have received progressive discipline, noting that “while sleeping on the job might not be serious in some jobs, for a police officer who is supposed to be on patrol, sleeping is very serious” since “police officers who sleep on duty cannot protect themselves or their fellow officers.”

Congratulations to Alison F. Smith, who did a fantastic job handling the arbitration hearing!

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