Termination warranted for off-duty conduct

The grievor’s conviction for internet luring of a minor made it impossible to continue his current duties, in which he was required to go to individual residences. And, although there had been no publicity identifying the company, the threat to reputation was still real and significant.
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 06/06/2011

First suspended pending the outcome of his trial, a Customer Service Technician for a telephone, cable and internet provider was fired following his criminal conviction for “internet luring.”

R.S. was employed as a Customer Service Technician (CST) by a telephone, cable and internet provider. In 2008, he was caught up in an internet sting operation run by the Child Exploitation Unit of a municipal police force.

Following sexually explicit internet chat communications between R.S. and a police officer who was posing as a 13-year-old boy, an internet “IP address” linked to an unsecured wireless router was identified.