Firing for workplace prank that crossed line

The victims and the grievors all tolerated and participated in “frisky and flirtatious behavior,” but the final incident was beyond the pale. The victim was believable; the grievors, in their contradictions, were not.
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 07/18/2011

One correctional officer was fired and another was suspended after a female colleague charged that the two had picked her up and carried her into the men’s locker room, pinned her to a bench and then unfastened her pants.

The men grieved. The union disputed the sexual harassment charge and argued that the three were engaged in consensual horseplay.

Bawdy jokes, sexual innuendo and a degree of physicality were a feature of the workplace culture.