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Good broker, bad decision; A little bad faith goes a long way
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|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 07/17/2006

Good broker, bad decision

Calgary — RBC Dominion Securities was justified in firing a high-performing broker in Calgary who brought a prostitute to his office after hours and left her there alone following a dispute over payment. Jim Whitehouse, a vice-president who earned more than $450,000 in commission in his last year with the company, had been drinking heavily on a January night in 2004 when he decided to pick up a prostitute. The woman was left alone in the reception area, where she could have accessed confidential client and company data, after Whitehouse left the building. She left a voice mail message explaining what had happened on an employee’s phone, and showed up at the office the next day demanding payment. The court said Whitehouse’s conduct exhibited contempt for his employer, his co-workers and their reputation in the business community.

A little bad faith goes a long way