What constitutes just cause?

A glimpse at recent cases where courts upheld dismissal for cause
By Stuart Rudner
|Canadian Employment Law Today

A few months have passed since the last review of notable decisions on just cause and, not surprisingly, there is a plethora of recent cases on this perennially current topic.

Insubordination, part one: Paramedic’s refusal to attend at emergency or discuss the incident

Shauna Ratzlaff was an emergency medical technician in Price Albert, Sask. She started her employment with North-East Emergency Medical Services in September 1998. On Nov. 30, 2001, she told her employer she was pregnant. A week later, Ratzlaff was on call. It was expected that employees would respond to calls within six minutes. However, she responded late to one call and later said she was not ready to respond to another.