Shift move for NB Power cleaner not discriminatory: Arbitrator

Employer accommodated worker with disability, but staff cuts changed what duties were available
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 04/17/2017

A New Brunswick employer’s decision to move a worker with medical restrictions from a day shift to an evening shift, was necessary to accommodate her after staff downsizing limited what was available during the day, an arbitrator has ruled.

Colleen Trynor was employed by NB Power — New Brunswick’s electricity provider — as a cleaner at the Point Lepreau Generating Station. 

Hired in 1992, Trynor had mixed shifts early on but soon worked only on the day shift. She was considered a hard worker and didn’t have any disciplinary action on her record.