March 2001

Home | Past PEGGs | Ad Rates | Back to March Index | Contact

Disciplinary Action

Re: Errol Lamb, P.Eng.

The Discipline Committee has issued a decision for a stipulated order* whereby Mr. Lamb (the engineer) admitted to unprofessional conduct regarding his behaviour toward an employee.

The engineer owned and operated FYN Engineering Ltd. The complainant was a contract employee of the company and an apparent asthmatic. The engineer acknowledged that he smoked heavily and that the employee appeared to be physically ill following a previous overnight trip that involved sharing a car and accommodations. Following that trip, the employee had clearly indicated to the engineer that he would only accompany the engineer on out-of-town travel if the engineer restricted his smoking to breaks taken outside the car and if a separate hotel room was provided for the employee.

About one year later, the engineer called the employee's home to advise that an out-of-town trip planned for the following day would require an overnight stay. The engineer also stated that the travel arrangements were to be a shared car and a shared hotel room for economic reasons. During the telephone call, the engineer offered gratuitous family planning advice to the employee's companion and made other offensive remarks of a personal nature to her.

That evening, the employee returned the engineer's call. During the telephone conversation, the engineer referred to the employee using a racial slur in jest. An impasse developed over the issue of the intended travel arrangements. Later the same evening, the engineer called the employee's home again, leaving a message on the voice recorder saying: "Don't bother going to the office in the morning." The employee regarded this message as immediate termination of his employment contract. The engineer confirmed that the employee's understanding was correct.

Disciplinary Action: The engineer was ordered to be reprimanded for unprofessional conduct in that he violated Rule 10 of the APEGGA Code of Ethics, demanded inappropriate travel arrangements, made insulting and offensive remarks of a personal nature to the employee's companion, and made racist comments to the employee. An article concerning the case, including the engineer's name, was ordered to be published in The PEGG.

* When an APEGGA member is willing to admit to unprofessional conduct or unskilled practice, APEGGA's Investigative Committee and the member have the opportunity to agree on what they believe is an appropriate order (sanction or penalty). The recommended order is reviewed by a Discipline Committee case manager. If the case manager agrees with the order, it has the same force and effect as an order made by the Discipline Committee following a discipline hearing.

-- For the APEGGA Discipline Committee,
R. G. Chopiuk, P.Eng.
Director, Professional Practice

Home | Past PEGGs | Contact | Ad Rates | Back to March Index