Hamilton workers caught in the act

Investigations of misconduct need to be done properly, say experts
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/22/2013

They were supposed to be doing roadwork, using asphalt to fill in the many potholes.

But a monitoring system raised a red flag, and an investigation involving GPS tracking and surveillance showed a group of City of Hamilton workers was allegedly engaged in less strenuous activities such as coffee shop visits, downtime at home and personal errands. As a result, 29 workers were fired and two were suspended for 30 days.

“We had a couple of examples of when they were busting a half-an-hour per day, which is blatantly unacceptable. We’ve got to get value for the taxpayers’ dollar and we’re providing value, so they lost their jobs over it,” said Coun. Lloyd Ferguson, chair of the city’s public works committee, in a CBC article.