Canada Post fails to deliver for autistic worker

Company’s lack of knowledge on autism led to discrimination and harassment of autistic letter carrier, says human rights tribunal
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today

The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has found an autisticCanada Post employee suffered harassment and discrimination based on her disability and wasn’t accommodated.

Michelle Dawson was hired by Canada Post in December 1988. She had a good work record without any disciplinary issues over her 15-year career as a letter carrier. The corporation wasn’t aware Dawson was autistic until 1999, at which point she asked for some accommodation.

Canada Post ensured Dawson’s delivery route was kept largely the same, since autistic people have trouble dealing with changes. She was also allowed to start work before other carriers, sort letters differently and have a special mail rack that she was able to work with more effectively.