Disabled worker cannot safely be accommodated

The grievor, who had suffered a brain injury, had been placed in several different jobs. He was unable to perform any in a consistent and safe manner. The arbitrator found that the company had accommodated him to the point of undue hardship.
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 12/12/2011

Brain-injured as a result of an off hours assault, a disabled worker on long-term disability was unable to work safely over the course of four separate attempts to accommodate him in four different jobs.

The employer did not attempt another accommodation after the worker walked away from the fourth return-to-work attempt. The union grieved.

P.P. worked as a welder for a large auto parts manufacturer. He was hired in 1983. In 1991, P.P. sustained an injury to his wrist.