Firing too harsh for failure to follow policy

The failures that resulted in the employees being terminated were overlooked in others and the policy governing privacy given only lax enforcement. He was unjustly singled out.
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 07/18/2011

A paramedic was fired for leaving confidential paperwork in an unsecured location. The union grieved, arguing that termination was excessive.

B.B. qualified as a paramedic in 1999 and was hired by a municipal employer the next year.

B.B. was fired in January 2009. The termination letter alleged that he had contravened the City’s Code of Conduct and the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA). He also had a 10-day suspension on his record for misleading his employer about driving a city vehicle with an invalid driver’s license. Altogether, B.B.’s actions constituted a fundamental breach of trust that warranted termination.