Can employers fire Vancouver rioters?

DoubleHearsay’s analysis of an employer’s ability to terminate an employee for cause for having participated in the Vancouver Stanley Cup riot.

Global BC reported today that 21 year old Connor Mcilvenna has been fired by RiteTech Construction in Delta after he was identified as having been involved in Wednesday’s riot in Vancouver. It’s not entirely clear to what extent Mcilvenna was actively involved in the riot, but after acknowledging his presence on his Facebook wall, several people complained to the employer listed in Mcilvenna’s Facebook profile.

Mcilvenna’s firing raises a timely legal question: can employers fire employees solely for having been involved in the Vancouver riots? As with all legal answers, it depends. In Mcilvenna’s case, quite possibly. (more…)

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