Employer breaks link after chain of misconduct

Employee had 11 years of good service but repeated misuse of company resources and time led to firing
|Canadian Employment Law Today

This instalment of You Make the Call features a long-term employee who was fired after several incidents of misconduct.

Dorin Plotogea, 46, joined Cambridge, Ont.-based Heartland Appliances on a college job placement in 1993. He was later hired on full-time by Heartland and in August 2003 he was promoted to the position of senior design engineer. Plotogea was considered a solid, productive senior employee who was expected to mentor and supervise other employees in the engineering department.

In early 2000, a routine check of Plotogea’s computer revealed he had been accessing Internet pornography on his work computer. He was warned not to access such material at work but later was caught again. Plotogea initially denied the charge and said it was someone else. Heartland, concerned about possible criminal and ethical issues as well as computer viruses, terminated Plotogea.