Waitress sacked for serving child alcohol loses court case
Wed, Aug 04, 2010
The China Post
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- A waitress who was fired from her job at the American-themed restaurant TGI Friday's for serving an underage patron alcohol challenged her boss' decision by going to court, arguing that the minor's father not only approved but insisted that she serve the alcoholic beverage.
The Taipei District Court ruled in favor of the restaurant managers and dismissed the case, citing that the waitress's behavior breached the Children and Youth Welfare Act.
The incident occurred last July, when the woman, surnamed Yeh, had been a waitress at TGI Friday's Shimen branch for almost a year. Yeh waited on a father and his underage son, who proceeded to order a drink containing alcohol.
According to bystander accounts, Yeh had described the drink as an orange-flavored beverage suitable for children. When the store manager noticed the alcoholic drink at the minor's table, he quickly apologized to the customers and switched the drink.
The manager then fired Yeh for her misconduct, causing her to retaliate by going to court. Yeh insisted in court that she had disclosed that there was alcohol in the drink but that the father approved the order. She also claimed that the son did not, in fact, take a sip of the drink. She demanded that the restaurant rehire her and continue to pay her a salary.
The court ruled in favor of the restaurant, dismissing Yeh's case on the basis that her behavior violated the Children and Youth Welfare Act, which is punishable in fines between NT$3,000 (S$127) and NT$15,000.