Termination excessive for depressed worker

In judging the employee capable of carrying out his death threats, the employer overlooked the effects of his depression and the behaviour that resulted from it.
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 03/28/2011

A worker was fired after telling the participants in a conference call that he intended to “do in” his supervisor with a hammer.

When he was terminated March 31, 2008, G. had 20 years’ service with the company where he worked as a millwright.

Diagnosed with major depressive disorder, G. was particularly susceptible to work stress. He had been hospitalized a number of times due to his condition and had been required to be off work for periods of time.