Long-term care aide fired for abuse

Physical and verbal abuse lead to termination
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 06/09/2014

Resident abuse constituting gross misconduct led to the dismissal of Marc Lacelle, a special care aide at the Saskatchewan-based Wascana Rehabilitation Centre.

Lacelle was fired by the Regina Qu’Appelle Regional Health Authority on March 22, 2012. The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 3967 filed a grievance on his behalf, requesting reinstatement with full redress. Working in the employer’s Veterans Unit, Lacelle provided long-term care for 33 residents.

Lacelle was fired for abuse against Resident A. At the time of the incident Resident A had dementia and required total care for most aspects of his daily living. Because Resident A was somewhat mobile, his bed was equipped with an alarm to alert staff should he sit up or crawl out of bed.