Employee gets smoked for buying dope at work

Bank employee who worked with customer information purchased marijuana from a co-worker at the office
|Canadian Employment Law Today

This instalment of You Make the Call looks at a bank employee who was fired after purchasing marijuana in the office from a co-worker.

A technical support analyst at the Bank of Nova Scotia’s electronic banking contact centre in Toronto had been with the bank since January 1999 and received positive performance reviews without any disciplinary problems. Because the centre works with customer information, it is housed in a secure, unmarked building and employees must wear a badge at all times. There are no customers at the site.

However, in October 2005, the employee bought one-eighth of an ounce of marijuana at a co-worker’s workstation during business hours. Soon after, the bank investigated reports of employees at the centre buying drugs on-site. When identified as one of 11 employees who had done so, the employee admitted to his actions, expressed regret and said it had been for his brother, who was having personal problems.