Employee gets gassed for using company card

Company gas card and truck were allowed for personal use for years before they were taken away
|Canadian Employment Law Today

This edition of You Make the Call looks at an employee who was fired for using a company gas card after he was told to turn it in.

David Strauss, 47, was an area supervisor for Albrico Services, a subcontractor that provides insulation on large construction projects in Western Canada. Strauss opened an Albrico branch in Langley, B.C., in 1992 and he was told to “run the company like it was (his) own.” He was given a company vehicle and gas card which he was allowed to use for both business and personal purposes.

In August 2001, Strauss took two co-workers on a fishing trip using the company truck and gas card. He had gone on the same vacation using the truck and card for several years. The new vice-president of Albrico met with him on Sept. 10, 2001, and told him he couldn’t use the truck and gas card for certain purposes, which Straus took to mean his vacation travel. Nothing was entered on Strauss’ record and he was not told of any consequences to disobeying this order.