Employee’s earache causes headache for nursing home

Report of workplace illness resulted in suspension for insubordination
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 10/19/2015

An ear infection led to a three-day suspension for licenced practical nurse Elizabeth Butler.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 2418 filed a grievance against the New Brunswick-based Campobello Lodge after Butler was disciplined. The union claimed Butler received a three-day suspension without just cause and called for compensation and lost benefits for the three days in question, with full redress and all written records of the discipline removed from her record.

Campobello Lodge is a nursing home for seniors requiring around-the-clock attention and supervision. For about a year leading up to her discipline, Butler was suffering with problems in one ear. The ear appeared to be infected and she was put on antibiotics by her doctor.