Suspension warranted for ‘failure of leadership’

The grievor had used two crude terms to refer to female colleagues. He was in a senior position. His first apology was equivocal, but the second was more complete. The arbitrator found that suspension and temporary demotion were appropriate punishments.
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 11/16/2012

A Fire Captain grieved his reduced discipline after he was reinstated and his termination for a gender-based slur was reduced to a suspension and a six-month demotion.

C.H. had 33 years of discipline-free service as a firefighter when he was fired on March 4, 2011. C.H. made the rank of Fire Captain in 2005.

On March 2, 2011, C.H. was filling in for the day at Fire Station “A” to cover for the regular Captain who was absent.