On July 22, 2011, Partner Matt Wakefield received a favorable arbitration award on behalf of a luxury hotel in Boston, Massachusetts. The union grieved the number of chefs in the hotel’s restaurant and banquet kitchens, arguing that the hotel exceeded the collectively bargained limitation of three non-union working chefs or supervisors. While the hotel has…

On January 24, 2011, Partner Matt Wakefield received a favorable arbitration award on behalf of a major hotel in Southern California. The hotel had terminated a telephone operator for refusing to take a drug/alcohol test. The union representing the telephone operator grieved the discharge, arguing that the hotel did not have reasonable cause to require…

On September 7, 2010, Partner Matt Wakefield received a favorable arbitration award on behalf of the Hotel del Coronado. The hotel discharged a restaurant hostess for failing a post-accident alcohol test. The union representing the employee argued that just cause for discharge did not exist because the employee thought she was off duty, and could…

On August 31, 2007, Partner Matt Wakefield received a favorable arbitration award on behalf of La Costa Resort and Spa. The resort began requiring restaurant servers to close their own guest checks rather than rely upon the room service order taker/cashier. The union representing the employees grieved the change in duties, alleging that the resort…

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