Altering Superior’s E-Mail Warrants Termination

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

Altering a superior’s e-mail to indicate approval for a couple of extra options on a company car resulted in termination for an “exceptional” employee with no record of discipline.

An area manager for a chartered bank, responsible for business marketing and sales, A.D. had been on the job seven years when he requested — and was given approval — to lease a Jeep Grand Cherokee as a work vehicle.

Standard procedures for approval called for A.D. to provide the leasing company with a signed order form specifying the vehicle type and the necessary approvals. It was understood that any deviations from the standard vehicle package to be paid for by the employer required authorization from a senior vice-president.