Supervisor deleted for inappropriate emails

Higher standard of behaviour for employees in supervisory positions: Alberta court
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 02/20/2013

An Alberta company had just cause to dismiss a supervisor who distributed inappropriate emails, the Alberta Court of Queens’ Bench has ruled.

Larry Wong was the chief electrician for Lantic, a sugar beet processing facility in Taber, Alta. He was hired in August 2002 and supervised nine employees in Lantic’s electrical and instrumentation shop. He was responsible for employee promotion, discipline, vacation, health and safety, and ensuring employees followed Lantic’s policies and procedures.

Wong signed an agreement that stated employees were liable for the sending or forwarding of inappropriate or confidential information by email and all e-mails on Lantic’s system were subject to monitoring. Wong also confirmed he had read and would follow the company’s code of business conduct, which encouraged employees to report improper practices, and its discrimination and harassment policy, which prohibited unwelcome comments about various subjects including sex.