Failure to Report Testing Error Warrants Termination

|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 02/01/2011

After a lab technician was fired for failing to report a testing error, the union grieved. Anyone can make a mistake, the union said, and, while some discipline was warranted, termination was excessive.

Hired in 2006 to work at a cytogenetics lab, B.M. had an advanced degree in biology. She was also the primary breadwinner in her family, providing for her retired husband, their daughter and their four grandchildren.

In her position as a Technologist I, it was B.M.’s job to perform various cancer-screening tests according to rigorous and verifiable protocols.