Employment Law

Ryerson Instructor Criticized Over Controversial Comments on Facebook

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Students have made complaints about comments posted on Facebook by a Ryerson engineering sessional lecturer and instructor, The Eyeopener reports.

The instructor, Brian Petz, detailed controversial political views on immigration and religious communities in a series of public Facebook comments posted over the past year.

Petz has held a teaching position at Ryerson since January 2016. Additionally, he has worked as an instructor at the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education since January 2015.

Employment Lawyer Lior Samfiru, Co-Founding Partner of Samfiru Tumarkin LLP, joins Global News Radio 640 Toronto’s Tasha Kheiriddin to discuss the impact of personal opinion on an employer, and if comments made under the banner of free speech can trigger termination “for cause” in Ontario.

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