B.C. worker fired after encounter with prostitute during shift (Legal view)

Lying about actions led to dismissal of long-time employee
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/13/2012

Associating with a prostitute while in a company car was not enough to get a British Columbia natural gas worker fired — but lying about it was, the B.C. Arbitration Board has ruled.

Rob Beere was a customer service technician at FortisBC, the B.C. branch of Fortis Energy, a St. John’s, N.L.-based electrical utility and natural gas distribution company. Beere worked alone with a company vehicle, looking after construction and maintenance in the Langley, B.C., area.

He worked for the company for 21 years with positive job evaluations and no record of discipline.