DON’T TAKE SECRET PHOTOS OF OTHERS IN YOUR WORKPLACE – IF YOU’RE CAUGHT, ABRUPT FIRING AND NO SEVERANCE – PRIVACY WAS BREACHED

A car dealership employee surreptitiously took videos and photos of female clients of the dealership.

He then showed them to co-employees and made inappropriate comments, most of which were sexually charged in nature.

He was caught and fired, for cause.

He sued.

The Court held there was justification for his abrupt termination without any compensation whatsoever (i.e., no severance).

He had also been warned previously by the employer not to engage in this type of inappropriate conduct, which sealed his fate in the case.

The Court did not accept this position; namely, that he was only trying to protect the dealership and its best interests.

The lesson? Do not take secret images of others in your workplace and, in particular, do not share those with others in an appropriate manner.

If you do, your firing will be justified – without any severance.

The Case:

Durant v. Aviation A. Auto, 2019 NBQB 214

 


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