Retaliation leads to termination

Employee violates harassment prevention policy
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 07/21/2014

R.V. was terminated by Unimin Canada after he retaliated against co-workers following his suspension.

The Havelock, Ont.-based employer fired R.V. on Nov. 5, 2013, after it became clear he was acting in an intimidating and retaliatory manner towards co-workers following his return from a 10-day suspension for violating the employer’s harassment prevention policy.

R.V. was suspended for 15 days — later reduced to 10 days — for breaches of the company’s "Harassment Prevention Policy — Sexual and Other Forms of Harassment." The main target of harassment was Stephanie Searle, the only full-time female employee at the facility. R.V. disparaged her size, eating habits and sexuality on numerous occasions throughout 2013.