Employee fired after anger management ruse

Canada Post worker claimed chats with social worker friend were counselling sessions
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 04/26/2012

A British Columbia arbitrator has upheld the firing of a Canada Post worker who misled his employer on anger management counselling he was supposed to take as part of a last-chance agreement.

Steven Barré was an inside worker for Canada Post in Prince Rupert, B.C. On July 27, 2009, Barré damaged a wall in the lunchroom at work in what was described as “intimidating, threatening actions” towards a co-worker. Canada Post planned to dismiss Barré over the misconduct, but an agreement was reached between Canada Post, the union and Barré that would allow him to keep his job.

Under the agreement, Barré reimbursed Canada Post for repairs to the wall. He also was required to provide a written apology to the co-worker he threatened. In addition, the biggest stipulation was that Barré had to enroll in an anger management course within 30 days of signing the agreement and provide written confirmation of completion of the course to his manager. Barré also had to keep his employer informed of the identity of the course provider, the number of sessions and his attendance. If such a course wasn’t available in Prince Rupert, the union was to inform Canada Post and they would discuss options.