Off-duty racism gets teacher fired

By Asha Tomlinson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/27/2002

An Ontario arbitration board recently upheld the firing of a teacher who was known to hang out with racists and support white supremacist and anti-Semitic groups.

The Peel District School Board fired Paul Fromm, a former teacher at Applewood Heights Secondary School in Mississauga, in February 1997 after he ignored warnings from his employer that his off-duty misconduct could end up in termination.

“The Peel Board is correct when it argues that high standards of off-duty conduct apply to teachers and that where the off-duty conduct of a teacher is incompatible with these standards, discipline may be imposed for just cause,” stated the Ontario Labour Relations Board in a report released last month.