Sometimes, its the little things that lead to employment lawsuits. At one Wisconsin law firm, the receptionist, Sandy Weidner, was expected to make the coffee in the morning. One morning, someone failed to make the coffee. Annoyed, management looked at Ms. Weidner's time card and noted several alleged instances when Ms. Weidner failed to note early departures. She left 15-30 minutes early and did not note that on her time cards. She "stole time," said the law firm. The firm fired her.
Ms. Weidner applied for unemployment benefits and won. She denied she stole anything, saying she had recently retired after 20 years as a government worker and did not need the $150/week unemployment benefits.
Her employer, the Cross Law Firm, represents employees in employment disputes. See ABA Bar Journal report.