B.C. medical lab technician fired for not submitting doctor’s notes

Nine requests for documentation denied by long-time worker
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 07/08/2019

A long-time employee with the British Columbia provincial health authority was fired after taking time off for sickness and not providing repeatedly requested medical notes.

The employee, identified as “E. Kozak,” had worked for the Health Employers Association of British Columbia (HEABC) since 1978 in the medical laboratory technician area, but on April 10, 2018, she was terminated by Karen Mooder, director of laboratory operations.

“Since January 2017, you have not been compliant with requirements despite our numerous documented attempts to secure detailed medical information from you that substantiate your illness,” said the letter, which went on to cite article 19.04 in the collective agreement.