DND worker on sick leave for seven years fired after mediation

Problems with co-worker and supervisor led to panic attacks but adjudicator finds DND didn’t investigate accommodation solutions
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today

The Department of National Defence (DND) discriminated against a worker when it terminated him after he was on sick leave for seven years without adequately investigating ways he could return to work, an adjudicator for the Canadian Public Service Labour Relations Board has ruled.

Michael Pepper joined DND as an apprentice in 1977 and was appointed full-time in 1981. He worked as a systems electronic technician since 1989 and was on staff at DND’s fleet maintenance facility at Cape Scott, N.S.

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