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Threat, assault on supervisor were just cause for dismissal at isolated mine in NWT with ‘zero-tolerance’ violence policy

By Adrian Miedema

An employee at an isolated camp in the Northwest Territories (NWT) who assaulted and threatened his supervisor was dismissed for just cause, an adjudicator has decided.

The employee was an equipment operator at a mine site. 

The evidence was that the employee and supervisor got into an altercation ‘not directly related to work issues’. All witnesses said that the employee pushed the supervisor three times. Two witnesses said that the employee also threw a cup or bottle of water at the supervisor. Several co-workers were required to restrain the employee…

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