Termination excessive for privacy breach

A hospital worker was fired for breaching privacy and confidentiality policies following a random audit that showed that she had accessed confidential patient records
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 04/15/2013

A hospital worker was fired for breaching privacy and confidentiality policies following a random audit that showed that she had accessed confidential patient records.

The union grieved.

J.B. was hired on to a temporary clerical position at Eastern Regional Integrated Health Authority in 2008. She became a permanent employee in 2010. Her job as Word Processing Equipment Operator required her to record payroll and benefit information, compile data on monthly clinical statistics, update patient information pamphlets, order supplies, arrange meetings and undertake various other administrative tasks.