Vancouver engineer grieves sanction for making threatening phone call

Suspension excessive for 40-year worker: Union
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/10/2018

An employee with 40 years of service with the Vancouver School Board was given a 10-day suspension after making “threats” toward a supervisor during a phone call about his vacation scheduling.

Kulwant Johal, building engineer, was phoned by Gilbert Francisco, operations supervisor, at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 1, 2017, to discuss his upcoming scheduled vacation. 

Francisco wanted to advise Johal that, as per board policy, he was to begin his vacation on Sept. 5, which was immediately following a medical leave.