Employee pushes co-worker, gets pushed out door

Angry employee pushed verbally abusive co-worker after complaining to supervisor
|Canadian Employment Law Today

This instalment of You Make the Call looks at an employee who was fired for getting into a physical altercation with a co-worker.

Clement Lomangho, a French-speaking immigrant from the Congo, began working for Lakeside Feeders Ltd., an Alberta fertilizer company, on June 2004. Though he had some trouble with English, he signed documents stating he had read and understood Lakeside’s employee handbook, which explained the company’s disciplinary policy. He was also given a document which explained there was zero tolerance for fighting and anyone responsible for physical contact on Lakeside’s property would be terminated.

On Aug. 25, 2004, Lomangho attended a safety meeting which reminded employees “any act of violence or harassment committed by or against a team member is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”