Employer slams door on problem worker

Worker who didn't get along with other employees fired for poor performance
|Canadian Employment Law Today

This instalment of You Make the Call features an employee of a kitchen cabinet manufacturer who claimed he was wrongfully dismissed after he was reluctant to move to another position.

Roy Somir, 46, began working for Thornhill, Ont.-based Canac Kitchens in 1984. Over the course of the next 21 years, he held a number of positions with the company including foreman in the machine shop, shipping department, one of the production lines and the paint shop. In each case he supervised between 25 and 40 employees.

Somir was often reluctant to move to different areas of the company because he preferred to concentrate in one area. As a result, he sometimes objected to transfers and also had confrontations with other employees on occasion.