CMHA worker terminated after lone hearsay allegation of misdeed

Management ‘blatantly disregarded’ agreement: arbitrator
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 09/16/2019
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After a group was set up on Facebook of disgruntled former employees of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) disparaging the employer, its executive director was advised that a current employee was an active member of the group.

Leslie Ferraro worked as a transition-house worker for the CMHA for more than 17 years at Kootenay Haven Transition House in Cranbrook, B.C. but she was abruptly fired on April 25, 2018 for belonging to the group.

The letter of dismissal listed multiple reasons for the firing: “insolence, insubordination, breach of the respectful workplace charter, breach of the code of ethics, breach of the oath of confidentiality and breach of trust,” and was written by Carey Fraser, executive director.