Employee threatened co-workers by mentioning his military skills, arbitrator rules

Former sniper told co-worker he could hit him from any distance
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today

An adjudicator has ruled a government department was justified in suspending and subsequently firing an employee who made indirect threats to co-workers he believed were spreading rumours about him.

Claude Robillard, 34, was an IT solutions analyst for the federal Department of Finance from 2000 until his termination in December 2004. In 2004, computer equipment valued at $24,000 went missing from the department’s warehouse. These disappearances created an atmosphere of unease among the employees.

Management interviewed several employees about the missing equipment. Three employees mentioned Robillard may have obtained the key from another employee who had access. This was brought up with Robillard when management met with him.