Employee fired for kissing co-worker gets his job back

Camille Parent talks to reporters outside the Ministry of the Attorney General office in...

Camille Parent talks to reporters outside the Ministry of the Attorney General office in Peterborough, Ont. Clifford Skarstedt/QMI AGENCY

Joelle Kovach, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:51 PM ET

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. — The St. Joseph’s at Fleming employee who was caught on a hidden camera kissing a female co-worker while standing at a patient’s bedside is getting his job back because a provincial arbitrator has ruled his actions constituted “an invasion of a co-worker’s personal space” — not an invasion of the patient’s space.

“I’m quite taken aback by this,” said Camille Parent, who had placed the hidden camera in his 85-year-old mother’s room last April that caught the man and woman “canoodling” at his mother’s bedside.

He says it “makes no sense” that the reason for the firing was that the man had invaded his female co-worker’s space.

“They were canoodling together,” Parent said. “If anything, they were invading my mother’s space.”

The unnamed employee’s job is being reinstated effective Monday, according to a ruling from the Ministry of Labour’s arbitration services.


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