Employee’s failure to report misconduct of another

Is it appropriate to discipline employee for not tattling on others?
By Stuart Rudner
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 05/15/2013

Question: Can an employee’s failure to report another employee’s misconduct constitute misconduct justifying discipline itself? Are you aware of cases where an employee has been dismissed for remaining silent regarding serious misconduct by a co-worker?

Answer: The simple answer to the question is that yes, failing to report someone else’s misconduct can constitute misconduct warranting discipline or even dismissal itself. Such conduct can be considered to be an act of dishonesty, by omission, and can also be a breach of policy.