After approximately 11 years’ employment, our client was dismissed for cause for deleting materials relating to work done by an employee who had recently resigned. The employer alleged that the deletions constituted sabotage of company property, and that our client was dishonest in her responses about the deletions. Our client’s work computer was also accessed and examined without her knowledge, and the employer alleged cause based on emails in which she discussed alternative employment for her father, who was also employed by the defendant employer. After a four-day trial, the BC Supreme Court found that the employer did not have cause to dismiss our client and that she was therefore entitled to damages equal to 12-months’ salary, vehicle allowance, loss of benefits, and loss of management bonuses, plus costs.
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