Absenteeism, addiction create undue hardship

The grievor’s absenteeism, repeated relapses and failure to avail himself of opportunities for rehabilitation left him a poor candidate for improvement. The arbitrator found that the company had completely fulfilled its obligation to accommodate him.
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 02/06/2012

Following numerous failed attempts to rehabilitate himself, a mill worker with addiction problems was fired when he could not meet the company’s attendance expectations.

R.K. worked as a material handler at flour mill. He was hired in 2002. About 95 people worked shifts at the mill, which was a substantially mechanized, highly automated environment that would present a danger to a worker who was not fully alert.

R.K. received some unspecified treatment from a psychiatrist in 2001.