Employee blames PTSD after being fired for theft

Bell Canada worker stole from payphone coin boxes
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 12/14/2015

Bell Canada dismissed an employee for the theft and misappropriation of funds after he stole from company payphone coin boxes.

The employee, referred to as Employee B, was responsible for about 2,000 payphones in the Niagara and St. Catharines areas in Ontario. In addition to collecting funds from those payphones, he was responsible for their maintenance and repair.

In 2011, Employee B witnessed a suicide. Following the incident, he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and major depressive disorder. And while he struggled with these issues, the company discovered Employee B was responsible for about $3,500 of payphone receptacle shortages between February 2012 and April 2014.