Calgary flour packer terminated after multiple no-shows at work

Worker misunderstood employer's request to attend job site
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 09/25/2017

After his brother was fired from his job at the same milling plant he worked at, a Calgary worker took four weeks off due to mental stress.

Martinez, who worked at ADM Milling since 2013, was a flour-packing operator when on Feb. 25, 2016, he was advised by Christopher Mallard, packing superintendent, that his brother had just been dismissed and he wanted to let him know right away.

Later that day, at 5:30 p.m., Martinez told Mallard he wasn’t feeling well and he wanted to go home early. Mallard accepted and Martinez left the plant.