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Vernon appealing ruling that ordered fired Captain back to work

Vernon Fire and rescue Services
April 04, 2019 - 4:57 PM

VERNON - The City of Vernon is challenging a labour board decision which ordered them to re-hire a fire captain who was fired after being caught engaging in sexual activity with a colleague in the fire chief's office.

A media release from the City says it has filed an application with the Labour Relations Board appealing an order from the Arbitration Board to re-hire fire captain Brent Bond. The City has also filed an application to stay the re-hiring of the fire captain while the Labour Board’s review is pending.

Vernon Fire Service captain Brent Bond was fired in March 2018, after a hidden surveillance camera, that had been set up for different reasons, caught Bond and another employee engaging in a "brief episode of consensual sexual activity" in the fire chief's office. 

However, the City of Vernon was ordered to re-hire Bond March 15 after an arbitration panel decision. The arbitration boards decision also exposed the fire department's toxic workplace.

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