Montreal-based Air Canada worker fired after festival performance

Employee had ‘no intention of attending work’: Arbitrator
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 01/07/2019

When he wanted to perform as a magician at a London, Ont., exhibition, an Air Canada service director booked off time in June to do so.

The Montreal-based employee, “JL,” had seven years of experience with the airline and wanted to perform at the 2017 London Fringe Theatre Festival in Ontario. He applied and was accepted in the spring of 2017.

JL was set to perform in six shows between June 1 and 10. During the bid process for June shifts, he was able to book off five days, but he was unsuccessful for the final performance on June 10. Instead, JL was assigned to call-in reserve duty for that day.