Drug charge no reason to fire

Charges were stayed
|Canadian Employment Law Today

An operations manager accused of conspiring to traffic in narcotics has won more than $96,000 in damages for wrongful dismissal. Although the Crown had stayed the charges against Thomas Robinson, Fraser Wharves maintained for a full year that it had been entitled to dismiss him for cause.

In doing so, it relied solely on what the Royal Canadian Mounted Police had told its principals when the police came to arrest Robinson: after a long investigation, they suspected that he had been involved in drug activities based at Fraser Wharves. Robinson explained that he had been duped into certain activities by his brother, but no one at Fraser Wharves listened.

This was all the more surprising because, at 42, he had worked his way up at Fraser from yard supervisor to operations manager, a senior management job. He had been with Fraser for more than a decade.