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Five cases of people who lost their jobs over off-hours conduct

05/13/2015 06:11 EDT | Updated 05/13/2016 05:59 EDT
Social media is abuzz over an Ontario company's decision to fire an employee caught spewing vulgarities at a female television reporter. Here are five other examples of people who lost their jobs for activities taking place off-hours.

Jian Ghomeshi: The disgraced CBC broadcaster lost his job as host of the radio show "Q" in October 2014 following allegations of sexual misconduct in his personal life. The CBC said it dismissed Ghomeshi after seeing graphic evidence that he had harmed a woman. Ghomeshi admitted he engaged in rough sex but said its was always consensual. The matter quickly escalated and Ghomeshi is now facing criminal charges of sexual assault. He has pleaded not guilty.

Denigrating Amanda Todd: When teenager Amanda Todd committed suicide after months of bullying, a Facebook group quickly filled up with tributes to her memory. But when one Ontario man posted a derogatory remark about her in October 2012, Todd's supporters struck back. They quickly identified the poster and determined that he worked at clothing retailer Mr. Big and Tall. They contacted his employer to notify them of his post, and the man soon found himself out of work.

Quebec school employees/porn stars: Two schools in Quebec separately ruled that pornography had no place in its employees' resumes, even if the alleged activity took place years ago. In 2011, a Quebec City school board fired an office worker who moonlighted as porn actress Samantha Ardente. They acknowledged she hadn't done anything illegal but said her cinematic activities didn't correspond with the values being taught at the school. Three years later, 73-year-old Jacqueline Laurent-Auger was let go from a Montreal private school after students discovered that she had acted in erotic films in the 1960s.

Referee insulting town: Ontario Hockey League referee Joe Monette sent out a brief tweet when he arrived in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., to officiate a game, but his words quickly triggered an unexpected backlash. "Soo Saint Marie, two words, Slim Pickens #noteeth #hicktown #allfaties," Monette wrote. Days later, the league suspended him for the balance of the 2012-2013 season, including the playoffs.

Rowdy executives: The actions of Paul Wilson and George Campbell on board Air Canada flight in 2011 threw their careers off course. Their rowdy behaviour on the flight ultimately saw the plane diverted to Vancouver. The men were employees of BlackBerry, which was then called Research in Motion. The company let them go after they pleaded guilty to mischief, saying it expects staff to conduct themselves in a way that reflects the company's principles and business standards. A passenger claimed they had to be subdued by the crew and accused airline staff of allowing drunk passengers on the plane or over serving them once on board.