Dismissed for Misconduct Without an Investigation? You Might be Out of Luck

It has become de rigueur among most large employers: If someone is accused of misconduct, they arrange an investigation before terminating. Often, it means bringing in an outside investigator who charges more than it would have cost to simply dismiss that employee without cause. Such “workplace investigators” conduct numerous seminars convincing employers that it is imperative to investigate before asserting cause. But it is largely a boondoggle with the major beneficiary, not the employer or employee, but those very investigators.

This issue came up in a case by Patrick McCallum against Saputo Dairy Products GP.