Hydro One’s ‘zero tolerance’ sees vulgar employee fired

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Hydro One’s code of conduct has been brought to bear on one employee, after he was confronted on camera on Sunday by a CityNews reporter over harassing language.
 
The CityNews reporter, Shauna Hunt, was recording a live TV stand-up outside of the Toronto FC game on Sunday, surrounded by boisterous fans of the team.
 
However, the scene turned into a HR incident for energy company Hydro One when a group of men shouted crudely in the background: “F--- her right in the p---y”.
 
When confronted by Hunt on camera, the Hydro One employee, now identified as Shawn Simoes, defended the behaviour as being “F—king hilarious.”
 
Hydro One’s management was quick to move against the assistant network management engineer, who was making $106,510.50 a year at the company.
 
“Regarding the incident at the Toronto FC game between a (CityNews) reporter and fans, Hydro One is taking steps to terminate the employee involved for violating our Code of Conduct,” said Hydro One’s corporate affairs director Daffyd Roderick.
 
“Respect for all people is engrained in the Code of Conduct and in our Core Values and we are committed to a work environment where discrimination or harassment of any type is met with zero tolerance,” Roderick told the The Star.
 
Hunt confronted the men on camera, asking a number of individuals to justify why they were being vulgar by shouting “disrespectful and degrading” comments.
 
Hunt explained that the widespread trend among men meant she was getting the phrase “FHRITP” hurled at her up to ten times a day while she was working.
 
Simoes responded by saying it was “absolutely f—king hilarious”, and that he didn’t care what Hunt said, because he respected others who had done it in the past.
 
When Hunt asked Simoes directly what his mom would think about him using the language, he said: “Oh, my mom would die laughing eventually”.
 
All of the men seemed oblivious of how their vulgarity might be interpreted by the general public – or their employers, should they view the footage.
 
The Star reports that Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment said the Toronto FC fans involved in the incident will be banned for “at least” a year.
 
The vulgar trend has been playing out across Canada and the US for more than a year, has been condemned by two Canadian police forces and Ontario's premier.
 
Premier Kathleen Wynne tweeted against the incident at hashtag #ItsNeverOkay, saying sexual harassment – whether caught on camera or not – was no joke.
 
  • R. M. on 2015-05-13 10:00:40 AM

    Hyrdo One’s corporate affairs director Daffyd Roderick.

    “Respect for all people is engrained in the Code of Conduct and in our Core Values and we are committed to a work environment where discrimination or harassment of any type is met with zero tolerance,” Roderick told the The Star

    I am sure that this employee signed into this Code of Conduct agreement but failed to remember. I am glad the employer is standing it's ground.

  • Laura on 2015-05-13 10:09:06 AM

    This is just so ridiculous. The rude remark was likely started by some immature 15 year old boy and his friends, who ran off giggling and high-fiving eachother.

    That is who you would expect such immaturity to come from - not an "assistant network management engineer"!! Unbelievable. It really makes you wonder how someone with such poor decision making ability could have (had) such a high paying job. Smh. ;(

  • Laura on 2015-05-13 10:09:56 AM

    This is just so ridiculous. The rude remark was likely started by some immature 15 year old boy and his friends, who ran off giggling and high-fiving eachother.

    Or at least, that is who you would expect such immaturity to come from - not an "assistant network management engineer"!! Unbelievable. It really makes you wonder how someone with such poor decision making ability could have (had) such a high paying job. Smh. ;(

  • Kevin on 2015-05-13 12:52:09 PM

    Can Hydro-One terminate an employee for off-duty conduct when it the person never mentioned that he was an employee though? I thought there needed to be considerable negative implications for the employer in order to terminate for off-duty conduct.

  • Larry Dawson on 2015-05-15 1:24:57 PM

    Reports are that the offender is in-scope in a bargaining unit position, so there will most likely be a grievance filed. Will be interesting to see the terms of the code of conduct, as if it spells out that egregious behaviour is grounds for discipline or dismissal, the dismissal will likely be upheld. And this fellow will likely have to change his name to obtain other employment for the next few years.

  • Jeannie McQuaid on 2015-05-19 10:40:32 AM

    Kevin: I've wondered to myself if Hydro-One wasn't happy to have a reason to dump this employee. If he's a thoughtless jerk in front of TV cameras, he's probably only slightly less of a jerk at work.

  • Herry on 2015-05-13 11:26:43 AM

    I need a job and I treat women with respect. These idiots have(had) a job and they do not treat women with respect ! Must be 21st century, backwards !!??!!

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