Love letter leads to letter of termination

Employee should have known letter would lead to trouble: Arbitrator
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 09/02/2014

Ingrid Gervasio’s handwritten letter set off a series of events that ultimately led to her termination.

Gervasio — a registered practical nurse with the Fraser Health Authority’s Ridge Meadows Hospital and Health Care Centre in British Columbia — was fired for gross insubordination and what the employer called the effective harassment of her manager.

The letter that triggered her termination was hand-delivered to Gervasio’s direct supervisor, Ken McDonald on Feb. 23, 2011, and confessed what Gervasio called her "true feelings." She testified she and McDonald had been working closely together and she had developed romantic feelings for him.