Disabled employees not immune to being fired

An employer can terminate a disabled employee as long as the disability didn’t play a part in the decision to terminate
By Ronald Minken
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 08/25/2010

Though employees with disabilities are protected from discrimination under human rights legislation, it is not impossible to terminate them for legitimate reasons. The British Columbia Court of Appeal recently gave employers leeway in dismissing disabled employees by affirming their ability to terminate an employee with a disability within certain parameters. Specifically, an employer is able to terminate a disabled employee as long as the disability played no part in the employer’s decision to terminate.