Conflict of Interest, Confidentiality Breaches Bring Dismissal

|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 02/09/2011

Disciplined first for inappropriately copying an e-mail challenging the actions of a supervisor to all his colleagues, a Child Protection Worker was later suspended and then terminated for conducting an investigation that violated his agency’s policies on confidentiality and conflict of interest.

Employed since 2006 by a child welfare services agency in Northern Ontario, Child Protection Worker R.R. received performance evaluations that rated his job performance as both “good” and “excellent.”

As a condition of employment, he swore an oath of secrecy and was required to uphold agency policies on conflict of interest and confidentiality. Agency protocols also specified that cases or investigations involving staff were to be handled by outside agencies where possible or internally by a supervisor or director.