Teacher versus student at B.C. school

Instructor could file second grievance for loss of reputation: Arbitrator
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 08/11/2014

SENSITIVE ISSUES, such as accusations of sexual assault — especially in the classroom — put arbitrators in tough positions when it comes to wrongful dismissal cases, Joan McEwen said when she ruled in favour of a teacher in British Columbia after he was let go.

Because of the nature of the case, the names of the teacher and the student were not published during the arbitration, to protect their identities.

The teacher, alongside the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation (BCTF), filed a grievance against the British Columbia Public School Employers’ Association after he was suspended without pay and subsequently fired following allegations of sexual assault involving a student.