Poultry plant employee offers no apologies

Hanger fired for harassment
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 01/27/2014

A poultry processing plant employee offered no apology when an arbitration board found he threatened to sexually assault and kill a coworker.

William Yel-Malual was dismissed by Prairie Pride Natural Foods after an altercation with his coworker, Blair Kutney, in May 2012. A five-year employee of the company’s plant in Saskatoon, Yel-Malual denied any wrong-doing.

Both Yel-Malual and Kutney worked in the plant’s live end. Yel-Malual was a hanger while Kutney worked as a lead hand. Employees in the live end work in close quarters, standing shoulder to shoulder at a conveyor belt.