Termination excessive for having drugs at work

The grievor was terminated for having drugs at work. He was not impaired. The arbitrator found that the grievor's 21 years of service had created a "trust equity" and reinstated him with a long, unpaid suspension.
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 06/11/2012

A hotel restaurant worker was fired for violations of the employer’s “Drug Free Workplace Policy” following an undercover investigation.

C.P. worked as a server in a hotel restaurant. He had 21 years’ service when he was fired, along with a number of other workers, on April 10, 2010.

Evidence gathered during the investigation documented three instances where C.P. was in possession of drugs while at work.