Violence in the workplace

One of our workers punched another worker — can he be fired for cause?
By Brian Johnston
|Canadian Employment Law Today

Question:

One of our employees punched a co-worker in the chest during a confrontation at work. The police were not called, at the victim’s insistence, and no charges are expected to be laid. But we are concerned about this incident, and this worker has shown some violent tendencies in the past. But we have not documented any of it. Can we fire this worker for cause? Failing that, can we provide a very small compensation package that is just above the statutory minimum but less than one provided at common law?

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