Abusive assistant manager was given ample opportunity to change ways, court rules

Grocery store assistant manager continued to use offensive language and mistreat employees after being warned by management
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today

A GROCERY STORE in Cobble Hill, B.C., had just cause to fire one of its assistant managers for his treatment of store workers, according to the British Columbia Supreme Court.

Cory Neen was well-regarded by his employer as a hard worker in his duties of overseeing the operation of certain departments in the grocery store. He was also responsible for training and supervising the staff of his departments, which consisted mostly of teenagers and young adults.

In 2002, the store surveyed employees to investigate low staff morale and the resulting high turnover. It discovered the management style and attitude of Neen was a large reason for the poor morale.