Best Buy fires sales manager for not being a whistle-blower

Court rules retailer did not have just cause when it fired a manager who was temporarily in charge of a department where a widespread breach of company policy was taking place
|Canadian Employment Law Today

The Ontario Supreme Court of Justice has ruled a Best Buy store did not have just cause when it fired a manager who was temporarily in charge of a department where a widespread breach of company policy was taking place.

Arun Ron Bhasin was fired from his job as a department sales manager at a Best Buy store in April 2002. His termination letter said it was for “a flagrant breach of … policy and procedure as well as a breach of trust,” but did not contain any specifics.

Bhasin failed to reveal his knowledge of breaches of the store’s cell phone sales policy to a Best Buy investigator. (The company, by contractual agreement with suppliers, could sell only one un-activated cell phone per customer.)