Employer ‘jumped too quickly’ in firing

Saskatchewan man wins more than $55,000 after being fired for drinking while on suspension for impaired driving
By Todd Humber
|Canadian Employment Law Today

A Saskatchewan worker charged with drunk driving won a $55,000 wrongful dismissal suit against his employer after it suspended him without pay and subsequently terminated his employment.

The case is notable because, at first glance, it looks as if the employer handled the termination properly. But the court found a number of critical holes in the employer’s approach.

Leslie Dreger was a retail sales co-ordinator for Federated Co-operatives Ltd. He started working for Federated in 1988, though he had been in the co-op business since 1981. As a retail sales co-ordinator, he assisted 35 stores in southern Saskatchewan and was required to do a fair bit of driving.