Employee must allow access to psychologist's file

Work environment unsafe, grievor says
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 02/01/2016

The Halifax Regional Water Commission called for access to an employee’s medical records after she claimed her poisonous, unsafe work environment forced her off work.

The grievor — referred to as AB — started work at the employer’s wastewater treatment plant in January 2011. She alleged two male co-workers ostracized and ignored her to the point of creating an unsafe work environment. As a result, she received treatment from both her family physician and a psychologist for stress and extreme anxiety, eventually going off work in July 2012. AB remained off work until February 2013.

The woman, along with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 227, filed a grievance, alleging the employer knew or ought to have known about what was happening but had done nothing to correct the issue. AB claimed full redress with respect to her loss of income and employment benefits while off work, as well as general damages for stress and anxiety.