Social media’s mob justice approach goes too far

An Ontario power company’s move to swiftly fire an employee who made obscene remarks on camera may be positive from a public relations perspective in the short term, but Toronto employment lawyer Kevin Marshall says it’s not how he’d advise a company to run its business in the longer term.

A Hydro One employee who appeared in the now-viral video defending inappropriate statements made to reporter Shauna Hunt was dismissed, says the National Post, with the company stating it terminated the man’s position for violating its code of conduct.

The situation, which has attracted international media attention, unfolded after a man at a Toronto FC game interrupted the reporter with what’s known as the “FHRITP” meme, which involves shouting lewd remarks in the background of live television reports.

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