Progressive discipline, not firing for failure to follow policy

Aerospace employee fired for concealing errors in production of expensive components deserved another chance: Arbitrator
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 04/26/2012

A British Columbia employee’s termination for repeated mistakes in manufacturing expensive equipment has been rescinded by the B.C. Arbitration Board.

Roman Niedbalski, 49, worked as a machinist for Asco Aerospace Canada, an aircraft components manufacturer in Delta, B.C., for 22 years. Asco was certified to have parts go directly to aircraft builders after its own inspection, without further inspection. As a result, the company had strict quality control measures in place. If there was an error in the production of a part, the machinist was required to inform Asco inspection or his team leader. Any problems were to be brought to the foreman immediately so a decision could be made to repair or inspect the part.

In performance reviews in 2009 and 2011, Niedbalski received good overall ratings, with most of his individual skills rated as good with a few satisfactory.