Dishonesty with employer provides nucleus of cause for dismissal

Employee wasn’t upfront with employer on security clearance form, lied about reasons
By Jeffrey Smith
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/06/2017
Atomic Energy
Atomic Energy of Canada requires security clearance for employees working at its Port Hope, Ont., facility. Google Street View

An Ontario court has upheld the termination of a worker who omitted information from a security clearance application and lied to his employer about it.

Nuclear agency Atomic Energy of Canada (AECL) operates a facility in Ontario called the Port Hope Area Initiative, which implemented the federal government’s projects relating to the cleanup and safe management of low-level radioactive waste.

In April 2012, AECL offered Francis Aboagye a job as an industrial safety specialist at the facility. The offer was subject to him successfully achieving the security clearance necessary to work at the facility. Such clearance was required for AECL to have a licence to operate nuclear facilities.