Facebook insults may be reprehensible but are they just cause for dismissal? (Legal View)

Man in London, Ont., fired after posting derogatory comments on tribute page for bullied British Columbia teen who committed suicide
By Stuart Rudner
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/05/2012

The story of Amanda Todd, the 15-year-old girl who took her own life after years of bullying, is a tragic one.

As the community rallied around her, and anti-bullying initiatives took on a new life, one man posted the following on a Facebook memorial wall for Amanda: “Thank God this bitch is dead.”

The poster was readily identifiable as Justin Hutchings of London, Ont. His employer, Mr. Big & Tall Menswear, was also readily identifiable. Hutchings was promptly dismissed, though reports are unclear, as of press time, as to whether he was fired for cause or not.