Worker fired for unauthorized vacation

Did employer have just cause to fire worker who went AWOL?
|Canadian Employment Law Today

This instalment of You Make the Call looks at the case of a worker in Ontario who took four weeks of unauthorized vacation at the busiest time of the year for his employer.

Hafiz Alharazi was fired from his job as a glazier with Oran Industries Ltd., a manufacturer of vinyl windows in December 2005 after 13 years on the job.

On Feb. 7, 2005, Alharazi submitted a vacation request starting Nov. 17 and returning on Dec. 15. In a notice to Alharazi, the employer said the vacation request had not been granted “due to the fact that the time of year in which you have requested is normally the climax of our busy season. Under the terms of the collective agreement, it states vacation must be taken at such times as approved by the employer having regard to the need to maintain efficient operation. Your request can be reviewed as we approach the date specified.”