Worker fired for illicit washroom smoke break

Plant safety, knowledge of policy, unsupervised work all trump grievor's years of service
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 01/28/2011

A worker in a nylon manufacturing plant was fired after a supervisor caught him smoking a cigarette in one of the plant washrooms.

E.W. had 10 years combined service with both the current and previous operators of the nylon manufacturing plant where he worked.

At 9:45 am on March 4, 2010 a supervisor smelled and then observed smoke coming from a stall in one of the plant washrooms. Confronted, E.W. acknowledged that he had been smoking. He noted at the time that his habit made it difficult for him to go for 12 hours without a cigarette.