Termination warranted for job abandonment

The employee used a previous injury, and the long-term medical restrictions it placed him under, as a tool to avoid the jobs he didn’t want to do. Management finally called him on his refusal.
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 07/18/2011

A worker at a city-operated homeless shelter was fired when he failed to return to work as directed. The employer said the worker had abandoned his job. The worker said that the job did not adequately accommodate his permanent restrictions.

Designated a Client Service Worker (CSW), L.P. began at the shelter in 1988. CSWs are frontline workers responsible for maintaining order in the shelter and facilitating access to services for the homeless.

The main shelter provides beds for up to 580 homeless men. The organization also provides addiction and mental health treatment services at a couple of satellite locations.