2 Toronto firefighters fired for sexist tweets, 3rd over social media

Sept. 16, 2013 at 8:49 PM
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TORONTO, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Three Toronto firefighters have been fired over social media gaffes, including two let go for sexist tweets, Chief Jim Sales said Monday.

The chief said this summer's suspensions of firefighters Matt Bowman and Lawaun Edwards over sexist Twitter postings have been converted into dismissals. He wouldn't comment on the unidentified third firefighter who lost his job for his actions on social media, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported.

One of the offending tweets stated, "Reject a woman and she will never let it go. One of the many defects of their kind. Also weak arms."

Another read, "Would swat her in the back of the head been considered abuse or a way to reset the brain?"

Sales said the firefighters' Internet activities violate city policies and were "not in any way acceptable for city employees and will not be condoned or tolerated by Toronto Fire Services."

The Toronto Professional Fire Fighters' Association expressed outrage at the firings and said they would be appealed.

"The association does not believe that the city has investigated this matter properly or considered the facts that were raised during the course of the meetings between the parties," a statement from the union said.

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