Employee trashes company truck

Employee didn't ask for permission to take truck, then had 4 drinks before driving back to office
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 05/02/2012

An Ontario employer had just cause to fire an employee who smashed up a company truck while driving drunk, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has ruled.

Jaroslaw Dziecielski, 50, was a vice-president of quality control and standards compliance for Lighting Dimensions, a producer of materials and fixtures for the automotive industry located in Toronto. In 23 years of working for Lighting Dimensions, Dziecielski had no disciplinary issues.

Dziecielski’s duties included a significant amount of driving to meet with customers. He often drove his own truck, but sometimes used a company pickup truck as well. On April 23, 2007, Dziecielski had a meeting with a customer north of Toronto and he decided to use the company truck. He didn’t ask permission to use it, though he later acknowledged that he should have.