School office worker fails test of trust

Altering son’s test results and then denying it gave school district just cause for dismissal: Board
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 01/06/2012

A British Columbia school district had just cause to fire a high school office worker who tampered with her son’s test results, the B.C. Arbitration Board has ruled.

The employee was one of three support staff in the Duncan, B.C., high school’s office. She prepared report cards, performed data entry and ran answer sheets from class tests through a machine that calculated the results. The answer sheets featured circles which students filled in according to their choice for each multiple choice question, which the machine scanned and tabulated. The employee’s computer was the only one in the office with the software to operate the machine so she looked after the scanning and compiled the reports.

The employee was hired in 2008. Her son began attending the school as a student for the 2009/10 school year in an advanced program with math, science, social studies and English. The son was a good student but put a lot of stress on himself. The employee was concerned about his stress levels and emailed his teachers on Jan. 14, 2010, saying he was overwhelmed and she was trying to help him out.