Enterprise Rent-a-Car manager’s steep discount to mother not cause for dismissal: court

A company that fired its manager for breach of policy couldn’t turn around and later claim he was also fired for dishonesty to support having terminated his employment
|Canadian Employment Law Today

A company that fired its manager for breach of policy couldn’t turn around and later claim he was also fired for dishonesty to support having terminated his employment, the Alberta Provincial Court has ruled.

Justin White was the manager of an Enterprise Rent-A-Car Ltd. branch in Red Deer, Alta., for almost two years. In December 2003 he was called into a meeting and his employment was terminated. The only reason given was, “violation of company policy.”

At trial it was established White had leased vehicles to other employees and to his mother far below the established rate. White’s supervisor testified that at the December meeting White admitted he’d done so for other employees, but when asked if he’d rented a car to his mother at below the discounted rate he said he hadn’t.