McDonald's in a pickle over cheese slice firing

27th January 2010, Comments 0 comments

A McDonald's branch in Leeuwarden came under fire for firing a worker who gave her colleague an extra piece of cheese on a hamburger.

The Hague –A Dutch branch of McDonald's was wrong to fire a worker for giving a colleague an extra piece of cheese on a hamburger, a court ruled on Tuesday.

"The dismissal was too severe a measure," the district court in Leeuwarden in the north of the Netherlands said in a written judgment.

"It is just a slice of cheese."

A written warning would have been a more appropriate punishment, said the court, which ordered McDonald's to pay the worker the salary for the remaining five months of her contract -- a total of EUR 4,265.47.

The company was also ordered to pay court costs.

The worker was fired at a McDonald's branch in the northern town of Lemmer in March last year for giving a colleague on a break a more expensive cheese burger instead of the hamburger she had paid for.

McDonald's maintained she had broken the rules, which prohibit any free gifts to family, friends or colleagues.

AFP / Expatica

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