Employee fired after false accusation against co-worker

Employee kept changing date and couldn’t provide details of alleged knife incident with co-worker with whom he had past altercations
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 01/20/2015

An Ontario employer had just cause to dismiss an employee who falsely claimed a co-worker threatened him, an arbitrator has ruled.

Ihor Tropak was a stores clerk providing materials and supplies to tradespeople for the University of Toronto. Starting in 2006, Tropak began having difficulties with other employees in his department. The difficulties began with an altercation with a co-worker in which a verbal argument escalated to the point where the co-worker pushed Tropak into a table. The co-worker was suspended and transferred, and other employees who were friends of the co-worker blamed Tropak.