Receptionist gets $300,000 after leaving office party drunk

Car crash she caused could have been prevented if the employer had monitored alcohol consumption, says court.
||Last Updated: 04/08/2003

A Barrie, Ont. receptionist who got drunk at an office Christmas party and caused a car crash has been awarded $300,000 after suing her employer for serving alcohol.

The judge found Linda Hunt’s employer, Sutton Group Incentive Realty Inc., partly responsible for the crash, saying they should not have had an open and unsupervised bar.

The open bar made it impossible for the firm’s managers to monitor the alcohol consumption of employees, the judge said. The company should have known she was intoxicated and refused to serve her.