Charging employees for damage? Just don't (Legal View)

Worker was constructively dismissed by being put on the hook for equipment damage: Court
By Jeffrey Smith
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/15/2015

A British Columbia worker was constructively dismissed when his employer notified him, following a few incidents of equipment damage, it would be charging him for the cost of any additional damage, the B.C. Supreme Court has ruled.


Ralph Rothberger was a heavy equipment operator for Concord Excavating and Contracting in Surrey, B.C., hired in 2001. He primarily worked as an excavator operator and worked seasonally, from early spring to late fall.