WeWork Limits Beer Consumption in the Office

By: Lauren Mineau

WeWork is limiting the amount of beer employees can drink while working at its New York offices.

The coworking space, known in the news for its unconventional policies, is changing its policy of access to tap beer from unlimited to four 12-ounces glasses per day between the hours of noon and 8 p.m., according to an email obtained by several news organizations.

The coworking giant previously offered unlimited beer on tap as a perk to those looking to set up shop there. Now, members will swipe their key cards to use the taps, which will track consumption and cut a user off when the limit is met. The parameters are a pilot program for right now and it is expected to last between 30 and 90 days.

The change comes just weeks after the company was hit with a lawsuit by a former employee who claimed she was assaulted at two different work functions and lost her job in retaliation to the events.  The lawsuit, alleged that the male employee admitted to being too drunk to remember the incident.

WeWork is an international network of coworking spaces designed to give freelancers, startups and collaborative jobs a place to gather and work together on projects. The spaces come with a number of benefits like coffee bars, snacks and meals, and discounted gym memberships.

In July, the company made news for announcing it would be eliminating meat from its food offerings as a way to reduce the carbon footprint of its employees. Red meat and poultry is now banned from office events and employees cannot expense meaty meals on the company’s budget.