Progressive discipline needed to terminate for cumulative misconduct

|Canadian Employment Law Today

Henson v. Champion Feed Services Ltd., 2005 CarswellAlta 388, 2005 ABQB 215 (Alta. Q.B.)

An Alberta court has ruled a company was not entitled to fire an employee for cumulative misconduct because it didn’t have a progressive discipline policy.

Walter Henson was a shift foreman for Champion Feed Services Ltd. He’d joined Champion in mid-1995 and, despite having received five verbal warnings and one written warning for aspects of his job performance, had received a promotion, successive wage increases and profit-sharing bonuses. He earned $16.50 per hour when his employment was terminated.