Two-day suspension upheld following after-hours fight

An employer can impose disciplinary action on a worker for conduct that takes place away from the jobsite and on the worker’s personal time
|Canadian Employment Law Today

In July 2003 Willie Baker, an employee at a mill owned by Canadian Forest Products Ltd. in British Columbia, was given a two-day suspension for participating in a fight with Ben Jex, another employee of Canadian Forest Products. The incident occurred immediately after their day shifts on a vacant lot across from the mill. Baker appealed the suspension. His union argued:

•the company didn’t have a policy against off-duty fighting;

•the company had tacitly allowed Baker’s tense relationship with Jex; and