No room for funny business

Hotel manager’s pursuit of ‘sexual escapade’ with associate cost him his job
By Daniel Lublin
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 05/20/2009

On the evening of Dec. 10, 2006, Stan Van Woerkens put on a tuxedo and set out for his employer’s annual holiday party, where he would act as the master of ceremonies. Recently given a promotion to a senior management position with the Marriott’s Renaissance Vancouver Hotel, Woerkens’ career was on the up and up. But life can be lonely at the top. When Woerkens confused a subordinate’s flirtation at the party with sexual advances, he lost his job and brought his 22-year career with Mariott to an end.