Employee stalks citizen in company car

Misconduct was deliberate, premeditated
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 04/27/2015

Brad McDonald was terminated after he followed and threatened a citizen in a company vehicle during working hours.

Before his dismissal, McDonald worked as a customer service technician for Fortis Energy in Vernon, B.C. According to the employer, McDonald’s misconduct and his dishonesty during the employer’s investigation of the incident was just cause for discharge. The employer argued the employment relationship was irreparable.

The union — while it conceded McDonald’s actions qualified as serious misconduct — maintained that the termination of a long-service employee was an unwarranted response considering the mitigating circumstances.