Employee gets kick in the teeth for emergency dental appointment

Letting employer know before taking emergency leave not required if it's not possible: Arbitrator
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 10/16/2013

An employee was fired after she left work without notice for an emergency dental appointment — but an arbitrator has reversed that decision, saying she was well within her rights.

Erlinda Bernaldez was a full-time housekeeper employed at Glynwood Retirement Residence in Thornhill, Ont. She had more than 20 years’ service when she was fired on May 22, 2012, as well as a three-day suspension on Bernaldez’s record that pre-dated union certification.

On April 3, 2012, Bernaldez broke a crown off a tooth while at work.