Inappropriate emails lead to termination

Content objectifies women, termination should be upheld, arbitrator rules
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 06/02/2014

Roy Ludlow became an ex-employee after he accessed X-rated content using his company email account.

Ludlow was fired after his employer, Invista (Canada) Company, found him in violation of its Acceptable Electronic Use and Offensive or Harassing Communications policies. He was discharged after the Kingston, Ont.-based employer discovered Ludlow attempted to forward three "inappropriate and unacceptable" emails from his company account to his personal external email address on Jan. 9, 2013.

The discovery was made after the company’s image analysis tool tagged several emails from Ludlow’s account as containing inappropriate material. Following an investigation it was found Ludlow received several inappropriate emails with embedded photographs, and that he retained the inappropriate material on his company email account for up to 12 weeks.