No severance required for insubordinate employee

Worker's attitude showed no respect for supervisor or remorse for misconduct
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 02/25/2009

An Ontario company does not have to provide severance pay to a fired employee because of the employee’s misconduct, the Ontario Labour Relations Board has ruled.

Richard Marquis was a printing press operator at Arrow Games, a bingo and pull-tab game manufacturer in Brantford, Ont. On Sept. 6, 2006, the plant manager told Marquis he had a solution for a problem with the press. He recommended an adjustment on some of the rollers of the press, which is a common diagnostic test. Marquis refused, saying it wouldn’t solve the problem. The manager asked him to do it again, but Marquis still refused and he was sent home. The manager also said Marquis used foul language, called him an idiot and threatened him.