TELUS discovers technician’s sketchy past

Technician never told company about charges from before his employment
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 06/26/2013

This instalment of You Make the Call features a TELUS employee whose sketchy past was discovered by his employer.

In March 2011, the director of customer solutions delivery for TELUS in Vancouver read a newspaper article about criminal proceedings based on charges of sexual assault and gross indecency against a former RCMP officer involving incidents with three young boys between 1985 and 1991. The director recognized the man as a TELUS installation and repair technician — hired in 1997 — who had not mentioned the charges when he was hired.

TELUS asked the technician about the article and the technician admitted it was about him and he couldn’t talk about it. They agreed he should take time off work to deal with the charges and TELUS would consider its next steps during that time. The company encouraged the technician to take care of himself and things would be dealt with when he returned to work in a couple of weeks.