False Accusations, Verbal Attacks Warrant Termination

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

With a written warning on his record cautioning him against calling his white co-workers “Nazis,” a graveyard worker was fired after an unprovoked outburst where he called a colleague a “Polish Nazi” and a “dope head” and then told him to “f---off.”

The union grieved the termination, denied that any such remarks had been made and argued that the employer had failed to conduct a proper investigation into the allegations as required by the collective agreement.

Z.G. had been working as a cemetery labourer for 19 years when he was fired for intolerable behaviour and abusive and harassing language alleged to violate the Human Rights Code.