Employees who snooze don’t always lose

Furor over sleeping Toronto transit employee a reminder there are many factors to consider before firing for cause
By Stuart Rudner
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 02/24/2010

A controversial catnap

When a fare collector for the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) was photographed asleep in his booth by a transit rider on Jan. 9, 2010, it lit a fire of negative public opinion fuelled by rising fares and poor service. After photos of another employee sleeping on the job, a bus driver taking an unscheduled seven-minute break and another employee smoking at a station where smoking was prohibited, many wondered if there was anything TTC employees could do to get fired.