One strike and you’re out!

When a single act of misconduct can be just cause for dismissal
By Rich Appiah and Andrea Stoddart
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 08/19/2015

The bar may be high for employers to prove just cause for dismissal, but sometimes even an instance of misconduct can be enough.

In the recent case of Steel v. Coast Capital Savings Credit Union, the Court of Appeal of British Columbia held that a single act of dishonesty justified the summary dismissal of an employee with 21 years of unblemished service. This case reinforces the notion that employees can be dismissed summarily – without notice or pay in lieu of notice – when acts of seemingly minor misconduct ultimately reveal an irreparable breakdown in an employment relationship.