Firefighter fired after fight and racial comments

Racial comments following physical altercation warranted discipline but employment relationship not irreparably damaged: Arbitrator
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 04/01/2015

The City of Hamilton did not have just cause to dismiss a firefighter who got in a fight and made others feel unsafe at work, an Ontario arbitrator has ruled.

Shawn Elliott was a firefighter for the Hamilton, Ont., fire service, joining in September 2002. Within 10 years, Elliott attained the position of acting captain.