Theft May Not Result in Dismissal

Employers who are quick to dismiss employees for theft may have to think twice.  David Leitner put off his expense reports, and often lost track of his records, submitting them long after expenses were incurred.  When his employer, Wyeth Canada discovered discrepancies in reimbursement receipts, Leitner admitted his use of personal receipts to recover what he was owed.  His termination for just cause was not upheld in the Ontario Superior Court.  This highlights an important distinction for employers – recklessness does not always equate to fraudulence.
Read more about this case and it’s implications in Daniel Lublin’s column in the Metro news.