A few days ago Hydro One announced it is firing an employee after social media pinpointed him in a video telling Shauna Hunt of CityNews that it’s “fucking hilarious” to shout a sexist obscenity at television reporters. The man was not on the job and did not identify his employer in the video, but Hydro One said its “Code of Conduct” and “Core Values” were violated just the same. Another career down the drain.
I have no use for the louts who shout obscenities at female reporters. Let the law come down hard on them and they must learn that behaviour like that will not be tolerated.
We must be alert and watch that employers will not dilute the interpretation of the signed employment contract and make it a tool for getting rid of employees they want to download.
In the worst case scenario, things could degenerate to a point, where an employer could dismiss someone for simply spitting a chewing gum on the sidewalk, or fluffing in an elevator, both examples of disgusting behaviour.
Of course, frivolous cases will be challenged in the courts. After an overzealous employer is ordered to pay a large sum of money to an unjustly dismissed employee correction will take place. Meaning that people will be more careful of their conduct in public and online.
At the same time employers will have less need to monitor their employees conduct away from the place of work. However, online activities will be monitored as long as the legal and technical support makes it possible.