Suspension for worker guilty in off-duty assault

A single conviction for domestic violence merits the employer’s attention, but it does not permanently destroy the employee’s ability to perform his work effectively. Nor does the employer’s zero-tolerance policy mean it must fire him.
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 07/18/2011

A correctional services officer was fired after being convicted of a domestic assault.

The employer said the termination was necessary because the worker’s conduct made it impossible for him to reflect and uphold the standards and responsibilities that are expected of Correctional Officers.

The union acknowledged that discipline was warranted but argued that discharge was too severe a penalty in view of all the circumstances.