Termination of Worker Who Left Work Without Notice Was Justified


A worker assigned to load concrete products for delivery with a forklift left work without finishing his loads and without telling his supervisor. He was fired, which the court upheld. The worker said that he left due to the weather and unsafe conditions, claiming it was snowy and cold, his feet froze, he couldn’t see well in the dark and he was alone and feared for his safety. But the court noted that the worker never contacted the JHSC to initiate an unsafe work refusal. And the other witnesses’ testimony completely contradicted the worker. In addition, the worker had been disciplined before for leaving work without permission [Rockall v. Munroe Concrete Products Ltd., [2010] ONSC 3453 (CanLII), June 15, 2010].