Employer failed to accommodate worker

The grievor had provided the employer medical evidence of a disability and had been accommodated by being allowed to work from home. A new supervisor took over and demanded she report to the office. The ruling found that her disability had not been accommodated and awarded her damages.
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 10/31/2011

A worker grieved when telework arrangements to accommodate her environmental hypersensitivity were unilaterally revoked by a new manager.

N.C.’s career with the public service began in 1992. In 2004, she began a new job in a new office complex. Healthy up until that point, one month after starting her new job, N.C. developed a number of health issues.

Ultimately she was diagnosed with environmental hypersensitivity sourced to workplace exposures to irritants.