Termination for computer misuse, harassment

The two grievors worked under minimal supervision and enjoyed the employer’s confidence. When the agency discovered that they were misusing their computers, one grievor’s claims of innocence and the other’s lack of remorse didn’t help them.
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 12/20/2011

Two frontline social services workers were fired for misuse of government resources and violating workplace policies against harassment.

The workers were alleged to have moderated and/or posted offensive comments about colleagues and management on an Internet web log (“blog”). Both workers were also charged with using government resources to operate personal businesses.

In addition, there were charges that one of the workers violated confidentiality requirements and also used government computers to access and circulate pornography.