B.C. sawmill worker terminated for ongoing defiance

Troubles began after previous human rights decision
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 07/04/2017

After management changes in a B.C. sawmill, a labourer behaved in an insubordinate manner towards his superiors.

Mander Sohal began working at the Interfor sawmill in Surrey-Delta, B.C., in 1998 in a variety of different positions. He filed a human rights complaint in 2008 against the company’s personal protective equipment policy, which mandated all workers must wear a hard hat.

As a Sikh, Sohal wore a turban that made it difficult to properly fit the hardhat over it. As part of the settlement, the company created a receiver utility position so Sohal could continue working without a helmet.