A man has been fired from his job after degrading a female reporter while she was trying to do her job.
While filming outside a Toronto FC match on Sunday (May 9), CityNews reporter Shauna Hunt was interrupted by several men shouting, "Fuck her right in the pussy".
In the video, Hunt confronts the men who shouted at her as well as a group waiting for their chance to heckle as to what would compel them to shout sexist comments at her; their response is equal parts defensive, combative, and dismissive.
Today (May 12), Hydro One's director of corporate affairs Daffyd Roderick announced it was firing a Sunshine List employee involved in the incident, assistant network management engineer Shawn Simoes, from his $106,510.50 a year job.
"Respect for all people is engrained in the code and our values. We are committed to a work environment where discrimination or harassment of any type is met with zero tolerance," said Roderick in a statement.
On Monday (May 11), Toronto FC owner Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment said it would try to identify the men involved in the heckling incident and ban them from all facilities.
"We're appalled that this trend of disrespectful behaviour would make its way to our city, let alone anywhere near our stadium," MSLE said.
The offensive and sexist FHRITP trend began in January 2014 after a male reporter made the offending remarks about a 20-year-old missing woman. This later turned out to be a hoax. (Thank you to commenter Jameis Wilson for the info!)
In an interview with CBC Radio today, Hunt said that men shout this particular vulgarity at her every single day and has cancelled live hits because of this ongoing problem.
"No one has the right to say this disgusting phrase to us," Hunt told the CBC.