I have a friend who works in another department and he is freaking out right now. He told me he was accused of smelling like booze at work twice about three years ago. He kept his job but was written up for it. He’s now freaking out because of this incident along with him having his clearance suspended in 2012 while he underwent alcohol counseling–he got the clearance back a few months later. He swears there were no other signs of impairment (slurred speech, incoherent thoughts, etc.). He hopes that the lack of definitive proof will help him. He swears he didn’t go to work intoxicated and points to at least 4-5 people in his work area who have seen him out in clubs/bars (so they can tell what he’s like when he’s been drinking) and they’ve never seen those same indication at work.
I told him to look at the guidelines and call a lawyer. Thoughts? Is alcohol on breath a solid indicator of alcohol use at work? I can’t see him doing that.