Bipolar employee awarded $80,000 for firing

Tribunal finds IT company assumed undue hardship without investigating his condition
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today

An Ontario company discriminated against an employee when it fired him after finding out he had mental health issues, according to an Ontario Human Rights Commission tribunal.

Paul Lane, 50, was hired by Ottawa-based ADGA Group Consultants as a senior test analyst. ADGA was an information technology design and engineering company that had a contract with the Department of Defence (DND). Lane’s position would be part of a team developing and testing artillery software to be used by the armed forces in training and in the field.

Previous employers handled his disorder differently