Worker takes a stand for ergonomic chair

Employee had permanent medical restrictions but believed he could perform job if company provided chair for periodic rest
|Canadian Employment Law Today

This instalment of You Make the Call looks at a worker who claimed his medical restrictions weren’t accommodated.

An employee at an Ontario plant of TRW Canada, a manufacturer of linkage and suspension automobile parts, suffered a back injury in 1994 and received workers’ compensation benefits for three years.

When he returned, the worker did a variety of jobs. At times he had back problems but was able to deal with them with help. In mid-2003, he was laid off briefly and returned in another job. However, he had a hard time with the new position because it was physically demanding. TRW tried to accommodate him but his back pain was too much.