Turns out what you say publicly outside of work hours doesn’t really have an impact on your employment!
Hydro One has rehired an employee fired a few months back after he defended a friend’s sexist heckling of Citytv reporter Shauna Hunt during a report at a Toronto FC game at BMO Field.
His pal screamed “F–k her right in the p—y” at Hunt during her live report. Hunt then confronted the friend on his remark. That’s when Simoes stepped in and made incoherent comments, including the fact that the slur is “f–king hilarious.” It didn’t help that he had been drinking quite a bit.
Hydro One decided that Simoes’ conduct wasn’t appropriate. He was an assistant network management engineer at the utility, making around $104,000 a year. They fired him because he had breached their code of conduct.
Well, Simoes’ union went to bat for him, and managed to get his job back!
The union stated that ““fair and reasonable in all of the circumstances of the case. The arbitrator properly took into account the extensive efforts by Mr. Simoes to make amends for his conduct including apologies to Shauna Hunt and Hydro One, voluntarily attending sensitivity training at his own expense, and making a donation to the White Ribbon Campaign,” reads the statement from the Society of Energy Professionals.
“The Society also received email messages of support from a significant number of Mr. Simoes’ coworkers, both male and female, that overwhelmingly supported Mr. Simoes’ return to work. In view of all these circumstances, the arbitrator found that the penalty of discharge was unjust and ordered Mr. Simoes to be reinstated.”
Do you think Simoes should have been rehired? Would you want to work with this guy after his poor conduct on TV?