Stephanie Katelnikoff was sacked over raunchy social media photos. Picture: Instagram
Stephanie Katelnikoff was sacked over raunchy social media photos. Picture: Instagram

Rail worker sacked for sexy pics

A CANADIAN train conductor who won back her job after being cleared of fault in a 2014 derailment has again been sacked - this time over racy social media posts.

Stephanie Katelnikoff was let go in November by CP Rail, which accused the woman of breaching its code of ethics and its internet and email policy, CBC News reported.

According to the broadcaster, an evidence package presented by the company as part of an internal investigation into Ms Katelnikoff's conduct included photos posted on her personal Facebook and Instagram accounts showing her in revealing, nude and sexually suggestive poses - including some taken on railroad tracks.

"The investigating officer called my social media content 'graphic', I'm still not sure which definition of the word he was referring to," she told CBC News. "Most of my social media content is related to charity, a very small percentage of it is modelling photos or other personal stuff."

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In some of the social media posts she criticised CP Rail and its management, while in others she talked about her pride in her job, according to CBC.

Ms Katelnikoff was initially sacked in 2014 after a 15-car derailment, but was reinstated after an arbitrator found a damaged portion of track was to blame and one of the reasons she was sacked was because she filed a sexual harassment claim against a fellow employee.

After winning her wrongful dismissal case in 2016, she said at the time that she was "going back with a giant target on my back". She told the broadcaster the latest firing seemed to be partly due to the photos and partly negative comments towards her employer.

"I think it was a 50-50 split between the two," Ms Katelnikoff said. "When I got dismissed, they blanketed everything together and said I was being dismissed for my inappropriate social media content. So I'm not sure what of my content they've deemed appropriate and inappropriate."

But she said she regretted some of the posts critical of the company, and photos taken on railroad tracks. "It's dangerous and I don't recommend anyone does it," she said.

On Wednesday, Ms Katelnikoff hit back at critics on social media. "In it for the money? Trying to get a payout? Oh hell no," she wrote on Facebook.

She said if CP Rail wanted her to "drop the arbitration, drop the human rights complaints, write off the wages and other monies you owe me, stop talking to the media and never come back again", it could "buy 1000 bikes to donate to local kids who don't have one" or "donate $50,000 to my favourite animal rescue".

"Heck you'll even get a tax receipt," she wrote. "I'll sign a full release of all claims. How's that sound?"

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