Bylaw officer deemed untrustworthy, fired after altering official city documents

Officer altered letter of employment to apply for mortgage
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 04/14/2014

Our personal lives seep into our work lives on a regular basis — but one bylaw officer in Kamloops, B.C., took that one step too far and was fired as a result.

The grievor — referred to only as Ms. X to protect her identity — was accused and later admitted to fudging a letter of employment she requested from the city in order to apply for a mortgage.

While the City of Kamloops terminated her employment on the basis of credibility, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) disagreed, arguing that the particulars of her circumstances warranted her somewhat reckless action, and a lesser form of discipline was the appropriate route.