Cover-up of petty theft damaged relationship

The initial misconduct was not particularly great and, for a long-service employee, might not have resulted in termination. The grievor’s self-serving justification and adamant refusal to admit the real reason until the bitter end destroyed the employer’s trust.
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 03/28/2011

A utility service representative for a gas company was fired for using the company credit card to gas up the family truck.

A certified gas fitter and air conditioning mechanic, J.B. worked out of a company truck performing customer service calls, conducting pipeline repairs, inspections and meter work. He was 50 years old and had been working for the company for 23 years when he was fired in April 2010.

On April 15, 2010, J.B. was observed by a fellow customer at Johnny’s Sunoco to fuel a pickup truck being driven by his daughter and then to fuel his company truck as part of the same transaction.