Termination Warranted for Groping Colleague

Characterization of incident by grievor not plausible
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 01/27/2011

Terminated following allegations that he groped a co-worker’s breast, a worker at a food retailer grieved. The improper contact was accidental, the union said.

Following a career as a travelling sales representative, A took part-time work as a service clerk at a supermarket. He was later promoted to the position of full-time Receiver and was responsible for unloading all the trucks that made deliveries to the store. A had seven years’ service when he was fired following an incident with a co-worker.

On August 9, 2010, A was taking his lunch in the lunchroom. A sat at a table with B. While sociable and friendly with each other at work, A and B did not socialize outside of work. A was in his late 50s. B was in her early 20s. Both were involved in relationships.