Security guard claims he was promised full-time hours

A security guard in British Columbia had his claim for damages for negligent misrepresentation against his employer rejected by the B.C. Provincial Court.
|Canadian Employment Law Today

Lloyd Sprague applied for a position as a security guard with Sensor Protection Group. He sent an e-mail stating he was interested in full-time employment. During his initial interview, he said he was offered full-time employment. But the company refuted that claim. Sensor did acknowledge that he expressed an interest in full-time work, but it told him he could obtain full time hours or more depending on his availability.

Sprague wanted a higher wage than was offered and did not want to work graveyard shifts. He met with the company’s president and negotiated a higher wage and signed a contract. The contract is silent about whether the position is full time and the nature of the postings, other than that they will include evenings and weekends.

In the first two-week period, Sprague worked 73 hours, close to full time. But in the next two weeks, he only worked 42 hours. He was offered graveyard shifts, but declined them. He was dismissed during his probationary period.