Termination warranted for theft of supplies

The grievor was fired after he was charged criminally for taking supplies from his employer and selling them. The arbitrator found that the bond of trust had been broken by repeated thefts. They outweighed his long service and current economic hardship.
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 02/25/2013

A long-service worker was fired for theft following a tip-off that he was selling cleaning supplies that he had stolen from his employer.

W.G. worked as an Environmental Services Worker at a hospital in Campbellton, N.B., part of the Vitalité Health Network. He performed custodial and janitorial work, removing garbage, cleaning rooms and waxing floors. W.G. began as a cook’s helper but later transferred to housekeeping.

W.G. had 34 years’ service when he was fired in November 2010. W.G. was not a model employee. His employment record was characterized by absenteeism and poor performance. A number of harassment complaints against W.G. were also on record. W.G. was terminated in 1999 for poor performance. He was later reinstated.