Court says McDonald's is wrong to fire worker over cheese slice
Leeuwarden district court statmentIt is just a slice of cheese
A worker of a Dutch McDonald's has been awarded €4,200 (£3,600, $5,900) by a court after being sacked for putting on an extra cheese slice on a hamburger.
She gave a colleague on a break a more expensive cheese burger instead of the hamburger she had paid for
But the court ruled that her sacking was "was too severe a measure." and that "it is just a slice of cheese."
The court said she should have been giving a written warning.
The worker was fired at a McDonald's branch in the northern town of Lemmer in March last year but McDonald's maintained she had broken the rules and they state that the company prohibits any free gifts to family, friends or colleagues.
A McDonald's outlet in the Netherlands was wrong to sack an employee for giving a colleague a piece of cheese on a hamburger, a court has ruled.
The waitress was fired last March after she sold a hamburger to a co-worker who then asked for cheese, which she added.
The fast-food chain argued this turned the hamburger into a cheeseburger, and so she should have charged more.
But Leeuwarden district court ruled a written warning would have been more appropriate.
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