First instance of misconduct not grounds for dismissal 02/05/2003|Canadian Employment Law Today Chaba v. Ensign Drilling Inc. (2002), 116 A.C.W.S. (3d) 382 (Alta. Prov. Ct.)Chaba brought an action for wrongful dismissal after his employment as a roughneck on the defendant’s drilling rig was terminated.The main issue before the court was whether a failure to follow instructions or policy constituted just cause for dismissal. The defendant had a safety manual which specifically prohibited employees in his position from operating equipment without authorization. The manual stated failure to comply with this policy could result in immediate termination of employment. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.