School custodian refuses to download phone app that monitors location, says it got her fired

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Michelle Dionne was excited about her new job, helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by doing extra cleaning in an elementary school in Darwell, Alta. — about 85 kilometres west of Edmonton. But last October, after being on the job for about six weeks, her boss at the cleaning company sent out a companywide message — telling employees to download an app on their personal phones that would check their location and ensure they were working their scheduled hours. Dionne found the request offensive and refused. “I was at the school working so that I could provide for my son,” she told Go Public. “We’re not thieves. We don’t need an ankle monitor.” Less than two months later, the single mom was fired — her refusal to download the app was mentioned in her letter of termination.

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