City of Vernon loses latest attempt to punish couple caught having sex in firehall

The B.C. Supreme Court has ruled out another challenge by the City of Vernon against the reinstatement of a Vernon firefighter who was videoed having sex with a colleague at work.

In a release on Tuesday, Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth McDonald said she could not find that it had been patently unreasonable for the B.C. Labour Relations Board to overrule the firing of the pair in March 2018.

According to court records, the colleagues had sex in the fire chief’s office, which had been set up with video cameras. The pair were confronted the next day and refuted the claim, until it was shown to be on video.

They were fired the next day. The Vernon Firefighters’ Association stepped in and successfully appealed the dismissals.

The majority of the BCLRB arbitration panel concluded that the dismissal was an excessive disciplinary response in all of the circumstances and it substituted a lesser disciplinary penalty.

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