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B.C. court rejects just cause termination of firefighter for impaired driving

Friday, August 24, 2018 @ 10:50 AM | By Frank Portman

Employers are faced with difficult choices when employees commit illegal acts off duty. Employers are often concerned about continuing to employ workers who do not comply with laws, even in their off time.

However, an employee’s conviction or involvement in illegal activity does not necessarily constitute just cause for termination in every case. In Klonteig v. West Kelowna (District) 2018 BCSC 124, the British Columbia Supreme Court found that just cause for termination did not exist in respect of a firefighter who drove impaired in a...