Dishonesty not always enough to terminate

Supreme Court says employees’ lies must break down employment relationships.
By Laura Cassiani
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 08/10/2001

A lie may not give an employer reason to fire an employee, according to a recent Supreme Court of Canada decision.

A little white lie, like calling in sick to go shopping or sneaking a longer lunch hour to peruse the magazine stand would probably not warrant an immediate termination.

In the high court’s decision, dishonesty in and of itself may not be enough to fire someone.