May 13, 2015

Hydro One firing of "FHRITP" employee is another form of bullying

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

A female Toronto reporter made the news around the world when she confronted rude male fans outside a soccer stadium.

The men were taking part in what's become a strange viral gimmick: yelling "F*** her in the p***Y!" at female TV reporters.

The CITY-TV journalist turned around and shamed the obnoxious soccer fans, and good for her.

It's what happened next that was troubling:

One of the obnoxious guys caught on tape was fired by Hydro One.

I believe they have the right to fire him -- and he has the right to sue for wrongful dismissal.

Plus: Why is it OK for Elizabeth May to use the F-bomb in public, but not these guys?

And I have a few harsh words of my own for the police in Kingston, Ontario...

Do you agree? Tell me in the comments!


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commented 2015-05-17 04:18:36 -0400
That you tube Danica, was some cut and paste nonsense. These men are idiots. Way too old for this 14 year old immature behaviour. If anyone lost their job over it, it is between them and their employer who doesn’t want that kind of representation for their company.
commented 2015-05-16 12:41:33 -0400
Agreed that Hydro One went too far.
An employment agreement is part of a contract. The employment contract is for services rendered by employee to employer during business hours and for which the employee gets paid. If the employee is paid 24 hours per day and 7 days per week then I can see that clause of the contract being valid – but the employee is not paid 24 hours per day and 7 days per week. The code of ethics therefore can’t be enforceable outside of business hours – in a person’s private life.
commented 2015-05-15 18:25:46 -0400
I don’t see Hydro One jerk and his buddies as just disrespectful of women. They are the same louts that would find humour in making fun of the physically and mentally challenged members of society and anyone else they perceive as less perfect than they. THEY ARE NOT MEN!
commented 2015-05-15 17:12:34 -0400
Dawn Horstead. Your comment is right on. I suspect men who say this sort of thing do get it but simply don’t care, simply think women are so worthless we don’t deserve respect.
commented 2015-05-15 00:57:27 -0400
You compare FHRITP with an f-bomb?!? Did Elizabeth say FHRITA? The uproar is not about the vulgarity, it is about the disrespect behind the comment. It is a hate crime, just as any racial or religious or appearance slur is, and as such can and should be dealt with as any other crime would. The question you should be asking is why people think this is funny. Any comment or action that puts down another person (and this comment does put women down by relegating them to sexual organ status) is not funny. It hurts. It amazes me that men don’t understand that.
commented 2015-05-14 02:15:27 -0400
Maybe Hydro should send him to , cocky ego sensitive training.
commented 2015-05-13 23:08:55 -0400
I think the reporter should develop a thicker skin. If she is going to run around thinking she is the fount of all truth, knowledge and wisdom and shoving her microphone in everyone’s face then occasionally she should expect to get the odd unpleasant reaction. Don’t like it? Tough.
commented 2015-05-13 22:54:16 -0400
Shawn Ridout – HaHaHa … I bet you make late night calls to bars asking the keep to call out in the bar to bring your friend, Mike Hunt, to the phone. You are a bad one!!
commented 2015-05-13 16:27:50 -0400
Not that I am a fan of Elizabeth May but her “F” bomb can hardly be compared to the verbal assault committed by these thugs. Suggest you look at the words again Ezra “…….in the P…….”
This is hardly just swearing, it adds a personal component and I am sure that you might be a little more concerned about it if your mother or sister were on the receiving end of such abuse.
Yeah Hydro One!….fire his ass!
commented 2015-05-13 14:16:22 -0400
The best punishment for those jerks would be to see their parents hang their heads in shame.
commented 2015-05-13 14:01:46 -0400
I personally was required to sign a code of conduct which governed my behaviour inside and outside of work. In fact, I was required to do so in all major jobs I have held. You know it’s coming when the manager states: “Now, we aren’t trying to be the thought police here”, and then proceeds to prove exactly that, yes, indeed, they ARE trying to be the thought police.
My own view is that unless someone in my employ is representing the company on an outing, their employment status in a case like this wouldn’t be examined. If convicted of a crime, such as sexual harassment, then examination by my legal counsel and HR would be swift.
commented 2015-05-13 13:59:04 -0400
The reporter’s name was Shauna Hunt. I thought it was Mike Hunt.
commented 2015-05-13 13:49:05 -0400
He is a moron, and SHOULD have been fired…because NO company wants somebody like that working for them. They’re not competent to do their job. They should also have been arrested and charged with Assault.
commented 2015-05-13 13:30:52 -0400
It should never be illegal to be a jerk. If it were, I think all of us would end up behind bars at some point in our lives. The men have the right to be idiots, the reporter had the right to challenge them on their behavior, Hydro One had the right to fire the jerk, and, the jerk has the right to sue Hydro One for wrongful dismissal. And, I suppose, some lawyer has the right to make money off this bad behavior. Welcome to what passes as “civility” in 2015 Canada.
commented 2015-05-13 13:28:44 -0400
I am just wondering if the reverse in gender would create the same kind of uproar. Picture this, a male reporter surrendered by a bunch of catty females? What would the consequences be – a big laughter?
commented 2015-05-13 13:19:42 -0400
It’s been quite some time since I’ve been familiar with the Employment Standards Act in Ontario so I stand to be corrected on anything I say about this.

First of all, I believe that any employer can terminate the employment of any employee for any reason, or even no reason at all. There is no question of “right” or “wrong”. The issue, as Ezra suggests, is; was there Just Cause, a condition that would impact the requirement of paying out some kind of severance money? I have not heard any report that discloses the terms of the termination and whether or not any severance has been paid. So we don’t know, or I should say, I don’t know. Compliance to a Code of Conduct as a condition of employment is usually reserved for people who are public figures, like Jian Ghomeshi or Elizabeth May for example, but I don’t know this person. In any event, until I learn more, I see no reason for this person to be fired.

Secondly, there are now reports suggesting that the person who made the disgusting and reprehensible remark was not among the group being questioned on camera. Evidence supports that notion, since we see the reporter “offering” the microphone as she solicits comments from the group on camera. In other words, Hydro One may have fired the wrong guy. Now we may be talking lawsuit.

Freedom Of Expression. I’m all for it, including the good, the bad and the ugly. Although, threatening people may be against the law and, while I like it or not, it’s possible that, for example, swearing in public may be in breach of a local by-law, but still no reason for losing one’s job.
commented 2015-05-13 13:19:18 -0400
Just Wow Ezra. I salute you for getting this right.
Of course it is distasteful to hear such rude comments in public – certainly I would never do such a thing, but that is because I am “old-school”. But it is this kind of behaviour that our increasingly ‘progressive’ culture has encouraged. I’m surprised the Liz Sandals – Ontario Minister of Education didn’t condemn the outburst and use as an example of why her government is justified in teaching appropriate names for our anatomy in Grade 1 – but just give her time.

Further it is the legacy of feminism that continues to promote the hairbrained idea that men and women would be the same except for cultural reprogramming. Poppycock! Then any time young men act EQUALLY towards a young women as they would towards their other male compadres with trash-talk and putdowns – the feminists get upset and start their shame campaign to silence the men or act indignantly seeking a white knight to bail them out.
In this case the female reporter gave him a Red Card.

The simple solution would not to put female reporters in to male-space sports events and be shocked/surprised if they are subjected to derisive sexual comments. This is unfortunate I will admit, but feminists have just brought these kind of problems upon themselves – and they need to police their actions rather than play the damsel-in-distress when discomfited by it. In the “old days” – yes, these uncouth young men would be mentored/kept-inline/castigated by their fathers – but sadly today we demonize and ridicule those roles. So why should be be surprised?

Also, if you recall the far MORE UGLY/VIOLENT threats/abuse experienced by former Sun News reporter Kris Sims and Josh Skurik when they were covering a militant native event in Nova Scotia. Action against THOSE ABORIGINAL MEN took months and had to be litigated through the courts. Their punishment was a trifle compared to the young man who lost his job at Government-owned, Hydro One.
commented 2015-05-13 12:48:07 -0400
This former Hydro One executive should contact Lizzie May’s office for a job. They could plot together to fuck the government. Of course, May could lose her seat in October as it is we, the voters, to whom she reports and even the environmentalists who voted for her dislike terrorists. Because terrorism is so bad for the environment.
commented 2015-05-13 12:43:58 -0400
Good points Ezra, however, the fellow who was fired may have signed a contract with Hydro One requiring him to represent the corporation in a positive professional manner at all times. I recall signing something similar in my early 20’s when I joined a large International Corporation and am glad I did because I had to grow up and act like an adult. The experience served me well through most of my life. Those men are in desperate need of remedial education.
commented 2015-05-13 12:42:43 -0400
Poor sheltered sensitive thing – if you are that sensitive you are not ready for a walk in the street – stay indoors, raise cats and talk to houseplants -Free speech zones are hazardous to your frail psyche – I refuse to cater to the lowest common denominator – in this case morbidly over sensitive Progs who probably swear like troopers off camera.

Buddy that was fired by some vindictive cultural Marxist “cunned stunts” should sue them back into the stone age for wrongful dismissal and damages.
commented 2015-05-13 12:41:52 -0400
The issue is not the use of the"F" bomb. It is how it was used.

Ask yourself this. Is it okay for five 14 year-old boys to follow a 9 year-old girl home, yelling to each other “Fuck her right in the pussy”? If they see on the news men can do that with impunity, why not?

To be gender equitable, I should probably also ask if it is okay for the same five 14 year-old boys to follow a 9 year-old boy home, yelling to each other “Fuck him right in the anus”.

Having said that, the story conflates inciting rape, which “FHRITP” or “FHRITA” does, with talking about it, with voicing an opinion about it, which is why Hydro One fired this man. Hydro One fired him because he said, on film, that he thinks incitement to rape is hillarious.

Hydro One is in a tough spot. One of its sunshine executives has been caught on tape applauding incitement to rape. Of course it is in its best interests to fire this man as it cannot afford to have its image associated with one that condones, in any way, any sort of sexual assault. Especially in the context of Ontario’s current campaign against Sexual Violence and Harassment.

But Hydro One ought to have fired him with the appropriate severance.

As for the Hydro One executive, what he did shows a really bad character flaw. Really bad judgement. He knew he was being filmed for a news story and yet he kept it up. He believed it was going to get him a laugh because he thought Ontario does not mean its campaign against Sexual Violence and Harassment. He thought that sexual harassment is so accepted in government circles that, as an executive of Hydro One, he could get away with it, and even benefit from his antics.

Hydro One Guy is a political moron not fit for executive work.

Whenever testosterone-drunk idiots like Hydro One guy mouth off to me like that, I ask them if they use that same mouth to kiss their mother/daughter/sister. Sobers them right up. Usually. I’d have been tempted to ask the man who said his mother would laugh if she’d like some stranger to come around her with his buddies, yelling at them to “FHRITP”. Pretty sure that would do the trick.

But then the Pope might counsel incitement-to-rape guy to whack me in the mouth. Can’t win.
commented 2015-05-13 12:22:31 -0400
Ezra – you can fire anyone at anytime – you just need to pay them in lieu of termination.

Stupid cops in Kingston are now acting the language police role. Welcome to the socialists/marxists/communists/ liberal PIGS and their run on crushing Freedom Of Speech.
commented 2015-05-13 11:49:26 -0400
Ezra, I don’t think you should have gone this far without rechecking your facts, especially when shity TV is concerned.
commented 2015-05-13 10:48:48 -0400
SG. You’ve got to be kidding. Anywhere you have something to say is in fact a public forum! Ask yourself, how you new anything about what Elizabeth May had to say. And, to think Elizabeth May had no idea she was being recorded, what a joke. She was at a PRESS gallery dinner. (Too much wine!?) Still waiting to hear from others at her table!
commented 2015-05-13 10:39:39 -0400
I agree with Ezra
commented 2015-05-13 10:14:15 -0400
Almost no one would have known he was an employee of Hydro One if they hadn’t fired him…Ezra is right about the rest.
commented 2015-05-13 10:13:33 -0400
Elizabeth May’s comments were disturbing and off the rails, the forum she delivered them in was not a public forum.

I don’t think that her words should be compared to the words and actions of these men.