Employer negligent when employee's tools stolen

|Canadian Employment Law Today

Schatroph v. Preston Chevrolet Oldsmobile Cadillac Ltd., 2003 CarswellBC 398 (B.C.S.C.)

Doug Schatroph was hired in mid-2000 as a mechanic in Preston's service department earning $2,500 per month. As is usual in the industry, Schatroph brought his own tools with him when he began working for Preston. The practice for most mechanics is to leave their tools locked up at their workplace.

On Oct. 6, 2001, Schatroph took two weeks of paid vacation. With the permission of Preston's management, he also took two weeks of unpaid leave directly after his vacation. Schatroph was absent from work Nov. 6 when a thief entered the service department and stole many of Schatroph's tools.