Anger and insubordination enough to fire truck diver

Driver didn’t like reassignment to truck he thought was dirty and required time to charge up, but employer had right to give him a lawful assignment
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 09/12/2018

A Saskatchewan worker who was fired after getting into a verbal altercation with his manager and refusing to follow instructions has had his unjust dismissal complaint dismissed by an adjudicator.

Earl Boyd was hired by Epp’s Trucking, a company based in Saskatoon, Sask., that hauls cargoes including agricultural products from farms, in November 2014. He was hired to be a truck driver and, since he didn’t own his own truck, Epp’s assigned him a company-owned truck to use. He often used company truck #140, though not always.

On Dec. 23, 2017, Boyd had an assignment in which he delivered goods in company truck #169. He finished the delivery and was on his way back to the Epp’s terminal when he received a message instructing him to switch over to truck #140, his usual truck. When Boyd arrived at the terminal, however, truck #140 wasn’t plugged in and it was a cold day.