On Saturday, September 15, Toronto gas station attendant Jayesh Prajapati was run over and killed during pursuit of an SUV driver who stole $112 worth of gas. In response, the OFL sent a letter to the Toronto Police Service calling for a criminal investigation into the policies of Shell Canada and the possible role they played in the tragedy. Read the OFL media release that sparked incredible media attention on this issue.
On September 18, the OFL issued a second media release to launch the Bad Gas Rip-Off Hotline so that gas station and late night retail attendants can report employers who are illegally docking their wages to cover the cost of customer theft.
The Ontario Employment Standards Act (2000, c. 41, s. 13) makes it illegal for gas station owners or companies to deduct the wages of workers for stolen gas or merchandise. This practice is illegal, even if the worker signed an authorization form.
To report illegal or unfair corporate policy or practices for investigation, call this anonymous hotline: 1-800-668-9138 or email firstname.lastname@example.org (confidentiality will be maintained).
Listen to OFL President Sid Ryan’s interview on CBC’s “As It Happens”.