Firing for racist comments upheld

Racist and threatening remarks made by immigrant worker towards another immigrant worker breached code of conduct and policies
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 03/04/2015

Racism is never acceptable in society in general nor in the workplace in particular. Employers are obligated to protect employees from discrimination at work based on grounds protected under human rights legislation, including race.

  One way of protecting employees from discrimination is to discipline employees who are guilty of discriminating against others. And if such employees don’t accept responsibility or co-operate with the employer’s investigation, that discipline can be termination of employment. Especially if no-one wants to work with that employee anymore.

An Alberta arbitrator has upheld the dismissal of an Edmonton city employee for theracially-motivated verbal harassment of a co-worker.