Off-duty behaviour, at-work reprisalsWhen do an employee’s actions away from work become a legitimate employer concern?By Uyen Vu06/14/2004|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/28/2004 When federal public servant Edith Gendron was fired by Heritage Canada for not stepping down as president of a separatist club, she brought to the fore one of the most intractable issues in employee relations. The issue: to what extent can employers sanction workers for their activities outside of work?Whether it is political involvement, criminal acts or personal expressions online, workers’ activities off-hours have caused employers no small amount of grief and hand-wringing. Cases vary from employers that punish workers for such things as cursing at a colleague at a local store to governments taking actions against employees who campaign publicly against its policies. (For a look at these cases, click on the "related articles" link at the bottom of this page.) To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.