Employer didn’t go far enough to accommodate Calgary pharmacist

Single email didn't constitute 'thorough review': Arbitrator
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 02/12/2018

When an employer changed its schedule to become a 24-7 operation, it neglected to fully accommodate an employee who couldn’t work nights, ruled an arbitrator.

Lijun Wang, pharmacy technician at the Foothills Medical Centre (FMC) in Calgary, had worked with the employer, Alberta Health Services, since 2002. But on April 1, 2015, management switched workers’ schedules to account for round-the-clock coverage at the hospital’s busy pharmacy.

In November, Wang advised the hospital that due to medical reasons, he was unable to work any night shifts. Under the new 21-week schedule, Wang would have been required to work eight night shifts.