Lying to employer worse than employing prostitute

Employee fired not for encounter with sex worker while on the job but rather for lying about it
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 04/26/2012

Associating with a prostitute while in a company van was not enough to get a British Columbia natural gas worker fired, but lying about it was, the B.C. Arbitration Board has ruled.

Rob Beere was a customer service technician for FortisBC, the B.C. branch of St. John’s, N.L.-based natural gas distribution company Fortis Energy. Beere worked on his own with a company vehicle, looking after construction and maintenance in the Langley, B.C., area. He worked for the company for 21 years with only positive job evaluations and no record of discipline.

Encounter with prostitute during shift