The Canadian railroad Canadian Pacific (CP) is under fire for letting one of its conductors go for an 'ethics' violation connected to a 'racy' photo shoot she did on railroad tracks.
According to official company statements, Stephanie Katelnikoff was fired for saying negative things about the company on social media as well as breaching the company code of ethics. When the company presented an evidence package to support her firing, they included images taken on train tracks as a part of Stephanie's modeling portfolio. They claimed the images, which were posted under a pseudonym and not connected to CP in any way, damaged the company's reputation.
You mean these images, CP?
Yeah, Twitter was not ok with this...
So she posts something online and her career is gone? . Why? It's is truly troubling when someone posts something online on their own personal accounts then this happens.— ColdDeathLight (@FrostyknightG) January 23, 2018
This is rediculous. CP clearly has it in for her. Hard to believe someone’s employer is allowed to censor what they do artistically.— Brian Laufman (@blaufman) January 24, 2018
She wasn’t doing this on company time.
When they pay her 24/7 then they can own her life.
I can tell you @CanadianPacific that I have more problems with your actions that hers. Her photo on railway tracks is in no way a new image, it is in fact quit iconic. The only thing harming your image, for me, is your actions. Not hers. #cbchttps://t.co/vPqaHgN4mp— Gary Bourque (@ApeBeta) January 23, 2018
Even people who disagreed with her photo shoots for safety reasons didn't think it was reason enough for firing.
Not entirely sure how not so scandalous images under false name would impact CP rails image negatively (I think they've done enough harm with their own behaviour and horrible managing) however poor choice as a conductor to choose to take them on right of way. #anytimeistraintime— ni-chola (@nicolagavins) January 23, 2018
When will the unfair treatment of women in workplace stop ? Male Firefighters have been doing this stuff for years . Hey CP Rail its 2018!— Colin McFarlane (@colin_mcfarlane) January 24, 2018
But the thing is, this wasn't even the first time Canadian Pacific fired Stephanie.
Back in 2014, Stephanie was the conductor at the helm when a train derailed in Banff, Canada. While the investigation concluded that equipment was at fault in the derailment, not the operator, CP still proceeded to fire her.
Then after a years long battle to get her job back, which she won, Stephanie was pretty much immediately fired all over again.
Their motivation seems pretty clear:
This does not appear to be a culminating incident from what I've read. It appears to be a convenient opportunity for reprisal for this woman winning her job back.— Sean Sparkes (@hunclelew) January 24, 2018
Not to mention the fact that Stephanie seems to be a model citizen in her spare time.
An angel, in fact:
Not cool, CP, not cool at all.
SMH they've given themselves a bad look in this situation— Jen 💙 (@ncsujen) January 23, 2018