Termination warranted for one-time petty theft

The grievor was a short-time employee and at first denied the accusation of theft. Because the collective agreement stipulated termination for theft, and there was no question of the grievor’s motive and intent, the arbitrator’s hands were tied.
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 12/23/2011

A maintenance worker was fired after it was discovered he replaced a wiper blade on his own car with one he took from a work vehicle.

K.S. worked part-time as a maintenance worker for a municipality. Hired in April 2009, he was fired on March 4, 2010. He had only a verbal warning on his record.

On Feb. 8, 2010, the Maintenance Supervisor was doing his daily walkabout. The Supervisor noticed the wiper blade on the passenger side of K.S.’s car was of the same type the employer used on its TransHelp buses. He noticed the blade because it was a type available from one source and the employer was evaluating on trial.