Failure to disclose

Employee’s failure to disclose ownership position in a supplier insufficient grounds for termination
|Canadian Employment Law Today

Peter Davey worked for Syncrude Canada Ltd. from 1977 until he was terminated without notice on Nov. 23, 1993. Although he was considered an above-average employee and had progressed to a supervisory position by the time of his termination, Syncrude alleged just cause in its dismissal of Mr. Davey.

In response to Mr. Davey’s claim that he was wrongfully terminated, Syncrude argued that his conduct amounted to a conflict of interest or dishonesty which justified termination for cause. In support of this claim, Syncrude relied on the fact that Mr. Davey:

- was related to a principal officer of a company which did business with Syncrude;