Drug charges don’t warrant unpaid suspension

The grievor had been charged with drug trafficking. She was originally suspended with pay but, when a trial date was not imminent, without pay. The arbitrator found that the hospital had no cause either to suspect the grievor of other misconduct or to fear loss of public trust.
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 03/11/2013

A nurse employed at a hospital in a Women and Children’s program was suspended without pay after the employer learned that she had been charged with possession and trafficking of cocaine.

Jane Doe (J.D.) was hired by the Cambridge Memorial Hospital to work on a casual basis in the hospital’s family and child health unit. J.D. moved to full time status when the program evolved into the Women and Children’s program in 2008. She had about 10 years’ service when she was suspended in November 2011.

On Nov. 7, 2011, the local newspaper reported a significant drug bust in the community.