High standards allow employer to fire threatening employee

Union calls death threat “mild insubordination” arbitration.
By Lorna Harris
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/24/2001

A group of women assault a co-worker in the company parking lot; an angry employee stalks his supervisor, following him home after work. Unfortunately, unsafe conditions in the workplace sometimes arise from the people employed there, not from dangerous substances or machinery.

When incidents like these happen management is faced with the task of having to decide the fate of an employee whose temper is out of control and whose violent behavior threatens the safety of others.