Reinstatement ruled for drunken van driver

After crashing a vehicle owned by the employer, the grievor was charged with impaired driving and fired from his job. The arbitrator found that he was an alcoholic who was taking steps to deal with his condition. He found that reinstatement was a proper accommodation for his disability.
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 01/13/2012

A municipal worker was fired after being charged and convicted with impaired driving following an after hours crash of a city vehicle.

Hired by the municipality in 1988, J.F. worked in a customer service position as a Water Distribution Operator. He used a city vehicle for work during the course of his regular 7:00 am to 3:00 pm day shift. On occasions when he worked scheduled overtime, he was allowed to take the van home.

Scheduled for a 4:30 am start on June 1, 2010, J.F. took the van home at the end of his shift on May 31.