Termination excessive for workplace threat

A worker at a retail grocery store was fired after telling a coworker she would shoot herself or someone else if she failed to get the workplace promotion she had applied for
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 04/29/2013

A worker at a retail grocery store was fired after telling a coworker that she would either shoot herself or someone else if she failed to get the workplace promotion that she had applied for.

“Jane Doe” (J.D.) was employed at the deli counter in a retail grocery outlet run by Husband Food Ventures Ltd. She had about nine years’ service when she was fired on Dec. 9, 2011. The only discipline on her record consisted of a years-old warning letter issued after she once arrived late for a shift.

On the morning of Nov. 29, 2011, J.D. was speaking to the assistant deli manager D.W., who was a friend.