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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