Angry outbursts not enough to require psychiatric assessment

Employer told employee not to come back without proof of mental health after third instance of discipline for angry behaviour
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 05/16/2012

Three times unlucky

Workplace harassment is a serious issue that employers need to address if it rears its ugly head. When an employee is prone to angry outbursts at work, that can create a problem if other employees feel threatened. But how should the employer approach the situation if it suspects a mental illness?

As one employer discovered, employers can’t just act on a whim. Careful examination of the situation is usually needed, and sometimes an angry employee is just an angry employee.