Threat last straw for insubordinate employee

History of angry behaviour culminated in thinly veiled threat against management
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 11/30/2011

Uttering a threat against the employer was just cause for dismissal for a British Columbia newspaper worker, the B.C. Arbitration Board has ruled.

Edwards Shea was a senior district manager for the Prince George, B.C., Citizen newspaper. Hired in 1998, he was responsible for delivery routes and the carriers who worked them. He also had a recycling business on the side, of which the Citizen was a client.

Shea’s employment was troubled at times, as he appeared to have an attitude problem towards some other employees. In October 2009, he told a sales manager that she was not a competent supervisor and that he made her look good. He was not disciplined for the comments.