Company can't fire man for two cent theft

Think you've got a strict boss? Probably not as strict as a German company who fired a man for allegedly stealing two cents worth of electricity.

A German court has ruled the company had no grounds for firing him and dismissed the firm's appeal against his reinstatement. Network administrator Oliver Beel lost his job after charging his Segway at work in May 2009. After he had connected the vehicle to the firm's power source for one-and-a-half hours, his boss asked him to remove it.

Twelve days later Beel was fired, and the firm cited theft of electricity as the reason.

But the court ruled that dismissal wasn't appropriate for the offence, especially given the "minimal electricity cost involved, the plaintiff's 19-year employment by the company and the fact other employees charged mobile phones and digital photo frames at the firm's expense without punishment."

Read Full Story


NASDAQ 7,298.28 74.59 1.03%
S&P 500 2,802.56 26.14 0.94%
DJIA 26,115.65 0.00 0.00%
NIKKEI 225 23,763.37 -104.97 -0.44%
HANG SENG 32,121.94 138.53 0.43%
DAX 13,208.28 24.32 0.18%
USD (per EUR) 1.22 0.00 0.27%
USD (per CHF) 0.96 0.00 -0.18%
JPY (per USD) 111.18 -0.20 -0.18%
GBP (per USD) 1.38 0.00 0.13%

Can't get enough business news?

Sign up for Finance Report by AOL and get everything from retailer news to the latest IPOs delivered directly to your inbox daily!

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.