Supervisor ordered to pay former employer almost $100,000

Worker took confidential client lists
|Canadian Employment Law Today

A supervisor was ordered to pay almost $100,000 in damages to his former employer after he took confidential client lists and contacted some of them at a new job.

Michael Therriault started working for Unified Freight Services Ltd. in July 1995. In 2000 he signed a restrictive covenant that contained confidentiality and non-competition clauses. The agreement reiterated previous policies that stressed that documents containing customer information and rates couldn’t be removed from the office without the permission of Stan Walters, the company’s founder.

Shortly after signing the agreement, Therriault was promoted to supervisor. By January 2001, however, a series of incidents resulted in the termination of his employment. Several of these incidents involved Therriault taking confidential documents home with him. After the last incident, Walters called Therriault into his office and told him he was being let go. Walters said he could either return all documents removed from the office or deal with the police. The pair drove to Therriault’s home, where company documents were retrieved from his residence, his garage and his car.