A Quebec supermarket cashier at a Provigo store informed customers they could obtain the same items they were purchasing from Provigo for less money at a nearby Walmart. Someone informed the cashier’s employers and she was fired for ‘disloyalty.’ A Quebec Appeals Court just upheld the firing as justifiable. Don’t retailers often invite price comparisons with competitors, as in, “we’ll beat any competitor’s lower price?”
Have you been fired over a circumstance you judged to be unfair? How were you fired? What did your employer say?
Was the firing of the Provigo supermarket cashier justified? Was it a clear case of disloyalty to her employer to inform customers the price of products they were purchasing at Provigo were less expensive at Walmart?
Lior Samfiru, Employment law specialist at Samfiru Tumarkin LLP, Toronto weighs in on the legality of it all.