Post-Termination Evidence Reverses Firing of Depressed Worker

|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 02/04/2011

An inside postal worker was fired following a workplace incident that featured a profanity laced tantrum where he lost control, ultimately bumping his supervisor with a wheeled hand rack while telling him to “get the f—- out of my way.”

The union grieved the termination, arguing that there was not sufficient cause to terminate the worker because he in no way intended to injure his supervisor.

Also, there were mitigating circumstances the union said, which only came to light after the termination. The union contended that, unbeknownst to the employer, the worker’s doctor prematurely ordered him to cease taking his prescribed antipsychotic medication and that the outburst was attributable to symptoms associated with withdrawal from the medication.