CBC host fired for BDSM activities in private life: http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/10/26/jian-ghomeshi-reveals-details-of-sex-scandal-after-threatening-to-sue-cbc-for-50-million/#1
Seems strange that CBC would fire someone for private life sexual proclivities, unless they had reasonable evidence that the activities were either non-consensual or extremely violent. That said, there are so many different, competing, and often contradictory and hypocritical aims when such institutions deal with sex matters – they want to appear sexually liberal and accommodating, yet intolerant of even consensual sexual violence towards women since other factors may affect that consent such as power/position or abuse or psychological issues.
Interpretation of this “scandal” will largely depend upon facts that are currently largely unknown, with rumors/allegations ranging from fairly innocuous BDSM play between consenting adults, to clearly non-consensual closed fist beatings - from 1 displeased former lover trying to slander him, or 4+ former partners who are unwilling to go publicly on record but who have indicated abusive, non-consensual behavior. And then there is the issue of what conduct an individual carries on in private that an employer can use for “cause” to fire without compensation for bringing disrepute on the employer – that’s not likely the case here since it doesn’t seem like CBC is alleging cause, and instead just fired him by providing pay in lieu of reasonable notice.
From a legal perspective, his lawsuit seems to have little chance, since he’s a union employee and is required to go the union grievance route through his collective bargaining agreement, and is unable to legally sue for wrongful dismissal. Unsure if he was paid his contractual severance anyway, in which case it couldn’t be wrongful dismissal anyway as employers can always fire employees provided they comply with contractual/statutory reasonable notice provisions (or common law rights, in the absence of a written contract) provided that there’s no illegal discrimination on the basis of sex/orientation/race/age.
This host was a significant figure in Canadian broadcasting though - most known for his crazy interview with Billy Bob Thorton from a few years ago, when Billy Bob got confrontational after his acting career was mentioned despite his previously stated desire for the interview to focus solely on his musical career. So this case will get a lot of future coverage and could set some interesting legal precedents that affect individual rights as well as canadian labour law.