‘You’re out’ – Slo-pitch termination ruled safe

|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 08/13/2013

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An Alberta court has overruled the reinstatement of a Telus employee who was fired for calling in sick and then playing in a baseball tournament.

Jarrod Underwood was hired in 2006 to install phone and Internet service in customers’ homes in Fort McMurray, Alta. In June 2011, he asked for July 3 off so he could play in a tournament, but was denied. However, on July 3, Underwood texted his manager to say he could not come to work due to “unforeseen circumstances.” But the manager went to the ballpark and saw him pitching.