Fake e-mail to other employees results in criminal mischief conviction

Worker's conviction on mischief charged stemmed from email to other employees degrading co-worker
By Adrian Miedema
|employmentlawtoday.com|Last Updated: 12/01/2014

An Ontario employee has been convicted of criminal mischief after sending a fake e-mail to fellow employees, degrading another co-worker.

The employee, apparently upset that the co-worker rejected his request that they be more than friends, sent an e-mail to nine other employees, purportedly from the female co-worker. The e-mail degraded the co-worker professionally, sexually and physically.

The employee pleaded guilty to criminal mischief.

The employee also pleaded guilty to separate criminal harassment charges, apparently unrelated to the workplace. He received a suspended sentence and two years’ probation on the mischief charge, and 90 days’ imprisonment (in addition to 2 months’ time served) on the criminal harassment charge.

For more information see:

R. v. Dewan, 2014 CarswellOnt 15048 (Ont. C.A.).

Adrian Miedema is a partner with Dentons Canada LLP in Toronto. He can be reached at (416) 863-4678 or adrian.miedema@dentons.com. Adrian's discussion of this case also appears in the Dentons blog www.occupationalhealthandsafetylaw.com.

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