Dishonesty with employer provides nucleus of cause for dismissal

Employee wasn’t upfront with employer on security clearance form and lied about reasons
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 02/15/2017

An Ontario court has upheld the termination of a worker who omitted information from a security clearance application and lied to his employer about it.

Atomic Energy of Canada (AECL) is Canada’s leading nuclear agency. It operates a facility near Port Hope, Ont., called the Port Hope Area Initiative, which implements the federal government’s projects relating to the cleanup and safe management of low-level radioactive waste.

In April 2012, AECL offered employment as an industrial safety specialist at the Port Hope facility to Francis Aboagye. The offer was subject to Aboagye successfully obtaining the security clearance necessary to work at the facility. Such clearance was required for AECL to have a licence to operate nuclear facilities.