Termination Too Severe for 21-Year Employee

|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 02/06/2011

A Conservation Officer was fired after it was revealed that he defied the order of a superior and persuaded a Crown Prosecutor to withdraw a charge laid against a fishing guide under the Fish and Wildlife Act.

Working seasonally as a Conservation Officer for 21 years, P.A. was considered an exemplary employee. Glowing evaluations lauded P.A.’s hard work, his leadership abilities and his qualities as a team player who was well liked by his fellow employees.

After P.A. chose to cite a fishing guide for an infraction under the Fish and Wildlife Act rather than issue a warning, it became apparent that — if convicted — the guide could lose his license because of previous infractions.