Bus driver re-instated with seven years pay

Canadian Human Rights Tribunal orders OC Transpo to bring back worker it fired seven years ago for chronic absenteeism — also awards $3,500 for mental suffering
By Todd Humber
|Canadian Employment Law Today

An Ottawa bus driver has had his job re-instated, along with seven years of back pay plus interest, by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal.

Alain Parisien worked as a driver for the Ottawa-Carleton Regional Transit Commission, also known as OC Transpo, for 18 years before he was fired for chronic absenteeism in February 1996. Throughout the course of his employment, he was absent from work for about 1,664 full days and 33 partial days.

Most of those absences were attributed to post-traumatic stress disorder and ailments related to it. Parisien filed a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission alleging OC Transpo failed to employ him because of a disability — post-traumatic stress disorder.