Water treatment plant operator washed away

Parent company claimed controller had no authority to hire new operator
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 07/06/2016

This instalment of You Make the Call involves an Alberta water treatment operator who was hired and fired in one week.

Helen Marietta was a wastewater treatment plant operator and water distribution plant and systems operator. In October 2011, she applied to a job posting for an “employment opportunity” with Regional Water Services that she saw on the Internet. The posting mentioned flex hours, wages, benefits and a signing bonus. Regional Water Services was a water company providing 287 sites at a housing development in the Cochrane Lakes region of Alberta and the job posting mentioned a signing bonus and the opportunity to train and live at the housing development.

Marietta met with Lynn Cellars and toured the development and the water treatment plant. They discussed wages, benefits and housing and the two reached an agreement. Marietta signed an employment agreement with “Jeff Colvin aka Regional Water Services and Salt Box Services” and began her employment on Oct. 10, 2011, after giving notice to her previous employer.