Gun threat not serious, lying about it was (Legal View)

Employer didn’t take employee’s comment about bringing firearm to work very seriously, but her persistent denials provided just cause for dismissal
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/23/2012

A British Columbia company had just cause to fire an employee for making a threat even though the company didn’t take it too seriously, an arbitrator has ruled.

Between 2001 and 2009, a 30-year employee at Overwaitea Food Group, a Langley, B.C.-based operator of independent food chain stores, was disciplined for various misconduct. Discipline included a:

• verbal warning for using profanity and acting aggressively towards a co-worker