CP Rail’s test for vision-impaired conductor ‘flawed’: Arbitrator

Future employees with the same condition to be pardoned
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 03/16/2015

A conductor and locomotive engineer who suffers from a vision impairment was given a clean bill of health to return to his normal operations by an arbitrator after CP Rail’s testing process was found to be flawed.

The conductor, whose name was not provided given that the hearing pertains to his disability, suffered from a "non-degenerative mild-to-moderate colour vision defect," according to arbitrator Christine Schmidt — the second time she has presided over the conductor’s case.

The first hearing found that CP Rail had restricted the conductor’s duties following an outdated directive from the chief medical officer.