CPR worker’s angry phone calls not just cause for dismissal

Worker’s conduct was ‘inappropriate and unprofessional’ but not reason for dismissal; worker’s lack of co-operation with investigation worsened appropriate discipline
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 02/18/2015

An arbitrator has ordered the reinstatement of a Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) worker who was fired for harassing and verbally abusing other CPR employees.

The 43-year-old worker began his employment with CPR in 1996 and at one point during his time served as a local chairperson for the union. He had a clean disciplinary record, but suffered from anxiety for which he sought medical care from his family doctor and a psychologist.