Worker downplays thefts to employer but pleads guilty to charges

Employee said it only happened once but his charges were for repeated theft over several months
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 12/12/2012

A New Brunswick health care employer had just cause to dismiss an employee near retirement for stealing cleaning products, an adjudicator has ruled.

Vitalité Health Network, a regional health authority in New Brunswick, employed an environmental services worker identified as W.G., at the Restigouche Health Centre in Campbellton, N.B. His duties included cleaning patients’ rooms, garbage removal and floor waxing.

On Oct. 7, 2010, a member of the public told a Vitalité administrator that W.G. had stolen cleaning supplies from the janitor’s supply closet and stockroom, which he then sold at a discounted price. Some of the items sold included hand sanitizer and sanitizer dispensers, which deprived Vitalité of hand sanitizer supplies during the H1N1 pandemic.