link: http://www.hrreporter.com/loginarea/members/viewing.asp?ArticleNo=4335Canadian HR Reporter said:hrreporter.com,
March 28, 2006
No prostitutes allowed
Senior RBC stockbroker fired for bringing a prostitute back to the office
A high-ranking stockbroker, who hired a prostitute, took her back to the office late at night and left her there, is suing his former employer for wrongful dismissal.
RBC Dominion Securities fired Jim Whitehouse of Calgary two days after the alcohol-fuelled incident on Jan. 22, 2004.
RBC has countersued, stating that Whitehouse damaged the company's reputation and compromised security and client confidentiality by bringing the prostitute back to the office and then leaving her there.
Whitehouse testified that he had been living a double life, drinking heavily and hiring prostitutes at night, while remaining in the top 10 per cent of RBC's investment advisers by day.
He said the woman demanded payment once they arrived at the office and he told her to leave. He said they didn't have sex and that he didn't owe her anything.
She refused to leave, so he gave her directions out of the office and left to find a security guard. When he couldn't find one, he took a cab home.
The next day, she returned to the office, and staff testified that she was screaming, demanding $1,000.
Whitehouse told the court he wasn't given the chance to explain the situation and was stunned by his termination.
So awesome. The best part about it is that he's actually got a shot at winning a wrongful dismissal suit and RBC has now blown this up into a national PR issue.