British Columbia elevator mechanic sees LTD benefits discontinued

Worker suffers from social anxiety disorder
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 09/18/2017

An elevator mechanic in British Columbia was denied long-term disability payments by Sun Life after he became permanently disabled and was unable to work due to social anxiety disorder.

Paul Schwagly was hired in 2005 as a helper with Kone in Victoria. In 2010, he was promoted to a mechanic position.

On April 13, 2010, the company introduced a new tracking system that saw GPS-enabled phones issued to all mechanics. They were advised they would be tracked during their shifts, but if they wished to take a break, they could mark themselves as off duty and the phone’s GPS tracking would be shut off.