Termination excessive for 'stupid' remark

At a meeting attended by employees at the same level, the grievor made a remark that a colleague found sexist. Because he had been disciplined earlier for a similar remark, he was terminated. The arbitrator found the remark met none of the criteria for sexual harassment and ordered him reinstated.
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 11/14/2011

A lab technician at a uranium conversion refinery was fired for suggesting at a meeting that new hires should be “men only.”

G.N. was one of about 20 analytical lab technicians at the refinery. He had 31 years of service.

There were no problems with G.N.’s work performance. However, when he was fired in February 2011, G.N. had a three-day suspension on his record.