Not punching out leads to termination for Calgary flour plant employee

Misunderstanding over 'sarcastic' exchange with supervisor
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 01/22/2018

A mid-shift, off-site break to Tim Hortons was deemed enough for a flour packer at the ADM Milling plant in Calgary to be terminated.

Jessy Gobeil was a seven-month employee when on Feb. 19, 2016, she left her position at 4 a.m. She advised colleague Damara Smith, who was working as operator one, that she was leaving for a quick coffee and cigarette break.

As an operator one, it was Gobeil’s understanding that Smith was in charge of the floor’s operations during that shift. When she left the site, however, Gobeil neglected to punch-out her time card, which was the normal procedure for workers who went on a lunch break.