Decision over fire captain’s expletive is “reasonable result”
Toronto employment lawyer Michael Wright tells Canadian Lawyer’s InHouse magazine an arbitration board’s decision to uphold the Calgary Fire Department’s temporary suspension and demotion of a captain who described female fire crew members with an expletive, is a “reasonable result.”
“This was an isolated remark. I would not have the same view if someone had a record of ongoing comments or inappropriate actions,” Wright, co-managing partner with Cavalluzzo Hayes Shilton McIntyre & Cornish LLP tells the magazine.
“An eight-week suspension is a significant financial penalty. Most arbitrators, when there is an admission the action was a major misconduct and if a suspension is imposed by the employer are not going to try and split hairs on the suspension,” he says. Read InHouse Story