Violent assault leads to termination

Employee poses no threat if reinstated: Arbitrator
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 12/01/2014

Sonia Gatto’s violent altercation with a fellow employee led to her immediate termination.

Gatto had no disciplinary record in her seven years with Ontario-based manufacturer Kruger Inc. The aggressive nature of an argument between Gatto and a co-worker, however, was deemed serious enough to warrant next-day dismissal.

On Oct. 17, 2013, Gatto was working on the employer’s assembly line, operating a transfer car. The line was filling up and there was a risk machines would have to be stopped — and time lost — if the line was not cleared.