U.S. consulate expels Canadian employee

Consulate claimed Canadian employment law didn't apply
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 09/05/2012

This instalment of You Make the Call features a Canadian employee of a U.S. consulate who was fired.

Nadia Zakhary was a cashier at the Consulate General of the United States of America in Toronto. Zakhary, a native of Egypt, began working for the U.S. in its Agency for International Development in Cairo in 1983, where she worked for 13 years. She immigrated to Canada in 1996, became a Canadian citizen, and began working at the U.S. consulate in 1998. As a cashier, she greeted and helped U.S. citizens who came to the consulate to obtain or renew passports, report the birth of a child in Canada, or register themselves.

On July 29, 2010, the consulate claimed Zakhary left her cash register unlocked while she went upstairs to get change. There was $150 in the register, but nothing went missing during her absence. Zakhary admitted she left the register, but not for very long. However, she ignored an order to stop cashiering duties for the day. She also made two mistakes in transactions that required the consulate to give refunds. Zakhary apologized to her manager, though her regular supervisor was absent.