No accommodation for marijuana user

The grevor was terminated when he was found at work with drugs. At arbitration, he claimed he was addicted. The arbitrator could not find sufficient evidence to support the claim, despite the diagnosis of the grievor's physician.
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 01/09/2012

Arrested while at work and charged with marijuana possession, a municipal worker was fired for violating the employer’s Code of Conduct.

The union grieved the termination. The union said the worker was suffering from an addiction and the employer’s actions discriminated against the worker on the basis of a disability contrary to the Human Rights Code.

C.L. began working for a municipality in 1987. On Oct. 9, 2008 he was arrested at work and charged with two counts of possession of cannabis resin for the purpose of trafficking and one count of simple possession.