Employer pulls the plug on cocaine-addicted plumber

Employee fired for buying drug while working but arbitrator says employer should have offered him disability benefits for rehab
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 10/07/2009

Paying attention to the signs

Addiction to drugs or alcohol is widely recognized as a disability that must be accommodated by employers under human rights legislation. However, there have been many cases that have shown there can be a grey area over what constitutes an addiction and how much it influences one’s actions.