Arbitrator throws pool worker a lifeline

Employee's misconduct wasn't as serious as co-workers involved in incident
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 12/09/2015

A City of Toronto worker who was fired for breaking into a municipal pool after hours with intoxicated co-workers has been reinstated by an arbitrator.

Vasilio Katsuras, 22, was a lifeguard for the City of Toronto. He was first hired by the city at the age of 14 as a wading pool attendant on a part-time basis in the summer. He became a lifeguard at 16 and continued to work summers for the city through high school and university. In 2012, he was trained as a “pool in-charge.” Throughout his time as a part-time seasonal employee, he received favourable performance reviews and had no disciplinary record.