False accusation leads to real dismissal

Employee’s claims supervisor threatened him were false and in bad faith in light of co-workers’ reports that nothing of the sort happened
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 08/19/2015

Employers must always take complaints of harassment and threats of violence in the workplace seriously. This means any such claims must be investigated thoroughly to determine the facts and mete out any appropriate discipline that may be required.

However, such complaints aren’t always true. And they can be damaging to the person being accused, regardless of the validity of the complaints, not to mention potentially damaging to the workplace environment if the result is strained relationships between employees. So if an employee makes a false complaint intentionally, that employee could be subject to discipline just as serious as that of someone guilty of such accusations – and that discipline could go as far as dismissal.