Any time an employee gets fired right after filing a harassment complaint it raises suspicions of reprisal. But this wasn’t a case where an employer dredged up old grievances that it had previously ignored as a pretext to punish the worker for complaining of harassment. The employee, who admitted he had a lax attitude toward safety, had been disciplined for safety offences before he complained and continued to be disciplined when his violations continued afterward. Moreover, these offences were deadly serious given the enormous pressure the employer was under to adhere to its contractor’s rigorous safety practices or risk losing the valuable subcontract. So, the OLRB tossed the reprisal claim [Alexander McRae v Thermal Systems Mechanical Insulation Services Inc., 2019 CanLII 1067 (ON LRB), Jan. 7, 2019].