Labourer fired after breaking window by forcibly slamming office door

Worker's violent reaction 'spur of the moment': Arbitrator
||Last Updated: 06/25/2018

After he was told to remove his hoodie for safety reasons, a labourer working at Harbour Grace CS was terminated after a violent door slamming.

Chad Whalen worked at the cold storage fish processing company as a casual labourer from 2012 to 2015, but he was placed on the seniority list after completing 500 hours of work in December 2015.

On Oct. 11, 2016, Whalen and Alfred Dove, lead-hand, were working on the dock of the Harbour Grace, N.L., facility when Dove asked Whalen to remove his hoodie. Workers were not allowed to wear a hood over their heads due to moving forklifts operating in the warehouse, said Dove, because it was highly dangerous.