Elevator worked who refused travel because of elderly mother terminated

Mechanic wrongfully dismissed for insubordination, judge rules
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 03/10/2014

Shawn Cassista was fired by Otis Canada for insubordination on July 30, 2013, for refusing to attend an assignment in New Brunswick.

Cassista grieved the termination, claiming he never refused the work. He said he requested additional time before taking the assignment to make arrangements for the care of his elderly mother, and claimed the Nova Scotia-based company had a duty to accommodate his request.

Cassista, an elevator mechanic who lived in Halifax, began working for Otis in February 2013. While the company’s central office is located in Halifax, mechanics can be assigned to work on jobs throughout Atlantic Canada.