University of Windsor had right to strip prof of her teaching duties, but not to require a medical note

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|Canadian Employment Law Today

The University of Windsor was justified in suspending one of its professors from teaching, but it could not force her to get a doctor’s note before returning to the classroom, the Ontario Arbitration Board has ruled.

Charlene Gannagé was an associate professor in the department of sociology and anthropology at the university in Windsor, Ont. She was granted tenure in 1997.

On Dec. 22, 2002, she received a letter from the dean of the faculty of arts and social sciences. It said: “I am requiring that you do not teach next term… over the next six months.”