Theft from an employer, even in a small amount, can support discharge

A recent arbitration decision highlights the well-accepted rule that theft from an employer is a serious offense that can support a just cause discharge in a union environment.  In this matter,  management advocate Attorney Wiley also stressed that theft from a public employer — in any amount — rises to the level of felony theft.  The attached award provides very thorough analysis of other arbitration decisions that have held that even a small value theft supports disciplinary discharge.

While there may be circumstances when an employer would not want to necessarily terminate an employee for a small theft, this arbitration authority supports employer-side arguments that discharge is, indeed, an appropriate remedy.  Contact attorney Wiley for representation in your employee misconduct matter.

Cole Arbitration Award