Probationary U.S. Steel employee fired for performance, not pregnancy: Arbitrator (Legal View)

Concerns with worker’s attitude, performance dated back to start of employment
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/17/2012

A probationary employee’s poor performance was the reason for her dismissal, not her pregnancy, an Ontario arbitrator has ruled.

Amanda Ragis was hired by Stelco as a trainee furnace operator in the steelmaking department of the company’s Hamilton plant on Sept. 7, 2010. She was transferred to general labour one month later and the plant was sold to U.S. Steel.

Ragis, as with all new employees, had a probationary period that would last until 520 hours of work were completed.