IT worker fired for accessing employee’s personal folder

Worker didn't follow policy for seeking permission to access folder
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 05/01/2013

A British Columbia credit union had just cause to dismiss an employee who accessed another employee’s personal information without permission, the B.C. Supreme Court has ruled.

Susan Steel was hired by Coast Capital Savings, a credit union in the B.C. lower mainland headquartered in Surrey, B.C., in 1987. In 1997 she became a helpdesk analyst in Coast’s information technology (IT) department.