Employee late for work too often while trying to unionize

You make the call
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 02/06/2019

This instalment of You Make the Call features a hotel employee who was fired for multiple instances of being late — while at the same time he was trying to unionize the hotel’s staff.

Aaron Doncaster was hired in November 2016 to be a dishwasher at the Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites in Calgary. At his orientation, he was told the hotel followed a progressive discipline policy and discipline was used to correct problems, not as punishment.

Doncaster had a history of being involved with unions and union organizing and was a member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) because he had worked at concert venues — he even had a tattoo of the IATSE logo with the phrase “union power” on his arm.