Child porn charges lead to instant firing

Ontario court upholds termination even though worker had yet to be found guilty and didn’t use company equipment or time
|Canadian Employment Law Today

A company in Guelph, Ont., that fired a manager accused of possessing child pornography was justified in doing so even though the worker hadn’t yet been found guilty, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice ruled.

The ruling raised the eyebrows of some employment lawyers because there was no indication any of the wrongdoing was done on company time or using company equipment. Bill Gale, a partner with Grosman, Grosman and Gale in Toronto, said it was a surprising decision because the worker was fired before there was any determination of his guilt.

“The usual thing is that you’re innocent until you’re proven guilty in our system, so that was in and of itself pretty remarkable,” he said.