"Elder care" recognized under "family status" protection for first time by Canadian Human Rights Tribunal
In Hicks v. Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, 2013 CHRT 20, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal recognized "elder care" under the "family status" protection for first time.
Ontario appeal court discusses when a poisoned work environment can give rise to a constructive dismissal
In General Motors of Canada Limited v. Johnson, 2013 ONCA, the Ontario Court of Appeal discussed the legal test for when a poisoned work environment can give rise to a constructive dismissal. Specifically, it stated: read more »
Employee's pornography viewing at work not linked to recognized disability; dismissal upheld by arbitrator
Interior Health Authority (South Similkameen Health Centre) and Hospital Employees' Union, (R.P. Discharge)  B.C.C.A.A.A. No. 44 (Kate Young)
BC HR Tribunal awards $900 in costs against former employee who tried to resile from settlement agreement
In Edwards v. Schnitzer Steel Pacific, 2012 BCHRT 335, the BC Human Rights Tribunal:
- granted the employer's application to dismiss the former employee's human rights complaint under section 27(1)(d)(ii) of the BC Human Rights Code; and
- awarded the employer $900 in costs due to the fact that the former employee had tried to resile from a settlement agreement that he had previously entered into, with the assistance of his lawyer, with the employer.
In Gulick v. Ottawa Police Service, 2012 ONSC 5536, the Ontario Superior court confirmed that an employee with "anger management issues" was not disabled for the purposes of the Ontario Human Rights Code and thus not entitled to accommodation.
Specifically, the court stated the following in this case, which involved the dismissal of a police officer:
 While the incident giving rise to the disciplinary hearing did involve
some consumption of alcohol and medications, the Hearing Officer found as a
fact that the incident was triggered by anger management issues with which the
applicant had been struggling for several years. The Hearing Officer found
that alcohol was, at most, an exacerbating factor. We are not aware of any
jurisprudence which has established that anger management issues will support a
finding of disability. read more »