Worker fired for doing bad job, not pregnancy

Union claimed employee was dismissed before end of probationary period to avoid benefits and leave
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 10/31/2012

A probationary employee’s poor performance was the reason for her dismissal, not her pregnancy, an Ontario arbitrator has ruled.

Amanda Ragis was hired by Stelco as a trainee furnace operator in the steelmaking department of the company’s Hamilton plant on Sept. 7, 2010. She later was transferred to general labour a month later and the plant was sold to U.S. Steel. Ragis, as with all new employees, had a probationary period that would last until 520 hours of work were completed.

Concerns about employee from the beginning