Bad behaviour, no witnesses (Toughest HR Question)

If an investigation points to a culprit by process of elimination, can we dismiss or discipline the employee?
By Stuart Rudner
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/17/2015

Question: Can there be just cause for dismissal — or at least significant discipline — if an employee isn’t caught red-handed and there are no witnesses but, through a process of elimination, she is the only possible culprit of serious misconduct such as vandalism or drug use at work?

Answer: Sometimes, the evidence found during an investigation will clearly show an individual was guilty of misconduct. Perhaps, as the reader suggests, the accused was caught “red-handed” and cannot deny what she has done.