Discipline Warranted for Theft of Gas, “Borrowing” of Lights

|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 02/04/2011

Following an investigation into allegations that he stole two cans of gas and had removed a set of emergency lights from the employer’s warehouse without authorization, a worker with 20 years’ service was disciplined for theft.

Ordered to take a day off to think about whether or not he was prepared to follow employer rules and policies in the future and to make restitution for the missing gasoline, the worker grieved.

The worker claimed he had been disciplined without cause. He asked that the disciplinary letter be removed from his file and that he be reimbursed for the cost of the 54 litres of gasoline that had been charged to him.