City of Toronto staffer fired after confrontation

Video shows worker verbally threatened supervisor
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 04/13/2015

A heated conversation was more than enough to warrant the termination of a City of Toronto probationary seasonal staffer, an arbitrator has decided.

Andrew Parris, a seasonal probationary staffer working in the city’s solid waste management department, had returned to work following an injury, with some medical restrictions. Parris opted for a light equipment operator position during the work selection rounds. He passed the physical test and believed he could fulfill the position’s duties and responsibilities.

However, on the second day Parris was assigned to work, he called in sick, saying his right knee had swollen to the point where his leg brace would no longer fit. This was not the last time Parris would refuse work citing medical reasons, but he provided no proof from a doctor. Thus he was informed that, should he refuse to work again in the future, he would be subject to disciplinary action up to and including discharge.