In 1990, Jan-Alix Miguel, an electronics teacher with the Protestant School Board of Montreal, was convicted of killing his wife, Monique, a crime for which he served less than two years.
In 1998, Miguel, applied to the school board to get his old job back. H was asked if he had ever been convicted of a crime. He lied and said no.
In 2004 the school board learned of his conviction and promptly fired him. Then Miguel appealed to the Quebec Human Rights Commission. The Commission has just ruled in his favour because the crime he committed was not related to his work as required by Quebec’s human rights charter. The Quebec Superior court upheld that decision. Armed with these rulings, Miguel wants his teaching job back.
Wouldn’t you think a school board has the right to fire an employee who has lied about a serious crime?
Secondly, Miguel claimed he killed his wife in a “blackout.” What if he were to suffer another “blackout” in the class room if one of his students upset him?
Finally, should the school board appeal the decision that it must take back a murderer into its classrooms?