Worker Didn’t Notify Employer He Was Exercising Work Refusal Right


A worker got into an argument with a co-worker and was fired the next day. He claimed that he was fired in reprisal for raising safety concerns about the newly created first aid room. But the Labour Relations Board found that the worker didn’t directly raise any safety concerns about this room with his employer or notify it that he was exercising his work refusal rights. The email he sent that purportedly did so simply recounted his side of the argument [Huawei Technologies Canada Co., [2011] O.L.R.D. No. 4340, Nov. 17, 2011].