Employee learns the hard lesson of telling a lie

B.C. worker fired for not telling the truth about how he ‘missed’ an emergency call
By Danielle Harder
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 11/02/2011

The missed call

A pipeline employee is on standby emergency duty and goes for a hike. An emergency happens, but the worker can’t be reached on his cell phone. When he does finally return the call, he tells the dispatcher a tale of misadventure. The employer catches the lie and fires him.

A British Columbia gas pipeline employee has learned the hard way that it pays to tell the truth. Neil Komant was fired from his job with FortisBC Energy Inc. in December 2010 when the company determined he lied about the events surrounding a "missed" emergency call to his company cell phone.