The man who allegedly threw a beer can toward an outfielder during a Toronto Blue Jays playoff game is out of a job.
Howard Levitt, an employment lawyer who is not involved in the case, said companies increasingly don’t want to be associated with employees whose behaviour, even off duty, reflects badly on them.
“It was inevitable because no employer is going to retain an employee who’s a public embarrassment,” said Mr. Levitt, who wrote a textbook on dismissal.
Mr. Levitt said the only question is whether Mr. Pagan’s alleged actions fundamentally violated the basic terms of his employment, giving Postmedia legal cause to discharge him without any severance pay. Otherwise, he could still be fired but he would be entitled to wrongful dismissal damages, he said.