Shoot first, ask questions later (Editor's Notes)

Employers getting bolder about quick terminations after off-duty conduct
By Todd Humber
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/29/2015

It’s hard to feel a lot of sympathy for Shawn Simoes, the Hydro One worker fired from his six-figure job after making derogatory comments in front of Shauna Hunt, a reporter for CityNews, outside a Toronto FC soccer game in May.

He may not have been the one to shout out “F— her right in the p—” — the vulgar phrase that emerged as an Internet hoax and has turned into the bane of female TV journalists everywhere — but he didn’t back down when confronted by Hunt and went on to make his own comments on camera, including one involving a vibrator.