A Fresh Foods clerk who worked for a national grocery store chain was fired on the dayafter Christmas because, while on break, she drank a one ounce sample of wine that was promoted in the store. The employer said this violated work place rules and appealed a favorable decision finding the clerk eligible for unemployment benefits. The clerk was represented by an attorney from the Claimant Advocacy Program at the hearing, and the Administrative Law Judge denied the employer's appeal, holding that the clerk was not aware that her conduct violated store rules because she was not provided a hard copy of the regulations. The Claimant Advocacy Program (CAP) -- a program of the Metro Washington Council AFL-CIO -- is a free legal counseling service available to individuals who file unemployment compensation appeals in the District of Columbia. Call 202-974-8150 for more info.
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