Food factory worker fired after too many smoke breaks

Door-opening practice common at facility
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 06/12/2017

A cleaner was terminated for improperly opening exterior doors during multiple cigarette breaks when he was discovered taking too much downtime during his overnight shift at a factory of a food manufacturer.

The worker, identified as “D.B.,” was dismissed on June 23, 2016, after another employee noticed some discrepancies on the company access card records. They showed him exiting the premises, but not re-entering using his pass card.

An investigation of the security videotapes showed D.B. would often prop open the doors to take a smoke break and on one occasion he urinated outside the company’s door, which was in full view of the public.