Employee gets kick in the teeth for emergency dental appointment

Unpaid emergency leave is an absolute right, judge says
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 09/16/2013

An employee was fired after she left work without notice for an emergency dental appointment — but an arbitrator has reversed that decision, saying she was well within her rights.

Erlinda Bernaldez was a full-time housekeeper employed at Glynwood Retirement Residence in Thornhill, Ont. She had more than 20 years’ service when she was fired on May 22, 2012, as well as a three-day suspension on Bernaldez’s record that pre-dated union certification.

On April 3, 2012, Bernaldez broke a crown off a tooth while at work.