She shoots, she scores, she’s fired

School caretaker hurt on the job while playing floor hockey
|Canadian Employment Law Today

This instalment of You Make the Call takes a look at a school caretaker who lied about an injury and was subsequently fired.

In November 2003 the worker, an assistant school caretaker for the Renfrew County Catholic District School Board in Ontario who had been on the job about five-and-a-half years, fell while in the school. It was about 9:30 p.m. and she joined a group of co-workers in the gym to play a game of floor hockey during an unauthorized break from work. She fell while taking a shot on goal.

That night she made a false entry in the school’s incident book, in which she described the fall as work-related. She said she slipped on a spot of mop oil. Marilyn Dinn, a co-worker, volunteered to serve as a witness to the accident and agreed to have her name included for that purpose in the false report.