Termination warranted for faked medical notes

The grievor was teminated when the company found his doctor's notes to be inadequate. He claimed they had been filled out by his homeopathic practitioner, but he had no recollection of signing them. In any event, they would have been inadequate.
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 02/19/2013

A worker was fired for submitting false medical notes. The union grieved.

R.K. was a flight attendant employed by a national air carrier. He was credited with being a long-service worker. There was no discipline on his record when he was fired on March 9, 2012.

R.K. booked off sick for three days beginning on Oct. 1, 2011. The employer asked R.K. to supply a medical certificate. R.K. delayed. R.K. finally submitted a note. However, the note contained no clinic information. The doctor’s name was not spelled out and the signature was illegible. The note appeared to be photocopied.