Employer ordered to reinstate employee despite years of absences

Woman suffered from depression, required accommodation
By Jeffrey Smith
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 08/21/2017

A Newfoundland and Labrador government department must get updated medical information and investigate accommodation options after it dismissed a worker for excessive absenteeism over several years.

The worker was a client services officer in the Department of Advanced Education and Skills with the Newfoundland and Labrador provincial government. Her job duties included work done through email and telephone.

The worker came to management’s attention in 2008 due to a number of absences. The government’s integrated disability manager met with the worker and her manager to see how they could help the worker remain in the workplace, but the worker thought she was going to be fired and was upset.