Expense claim poor judgment, not fraudulent

Employee said he wasn't sure about procedure to claim certain expenses
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 07/31/2012

An Alberta employee who was fired for a questionable expense report was wrongfully dismissed, the Alberta Provincial Court has ruled.

Gang Chen, 40, was hired on Jan. 11, 2010, by DCL Siemens Engineering, a civil engineering firm in Edmonton. A Chinese native, Chen worked as a designer, technician and surveyor until he became a registered engineer in Alberta.

As part of his employment contract, DCL reimbursed Chen for vehicle mileage, out-of-town lodging, and meals when he worked at remote sites. In November 2010, Chen submitted an expense claim for $8,280.80, but DCL only paid $5,991 because the company reduced its daily meal allowance.