Theft Warrants Termination for Long-Service Employee

|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 02/05/2011

Terminated for his alleged role in the theft of some 3,000 pallets from a food distribution terminal, a warehouse worker grieved his firing.

In view of the fact that the Crown withdrew criminal charges against the worker because there was little prospect of a conviction, the union argued that he should be reinstated. The evidence was circumstantial and there were a number of alternate and equally plausible scenarios to explain the theft, according to the union.

A general warehouseman with 25 years’ seniority, G.B. worked at a large food terminal/warehouse where he used battery-powered pallet jacks to unload trucks and transfer produce to the appropriate staging areas.