Worker can’t see true reason for dismissal: Poor performance

Worker claimed dismissal was due to disability of poor eyesight
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 12/07/2017

A British Columbia company’s firing of an employee was related to its concerns over his job performance and assicated afety issues, not a disability due to poor eyesight, the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal has ruled.

Christopher Taylor was a structural welder for Ironside Design Manufacturing, a Chilliwack, B.C. company that performs structural welding work on projects such as buildings and playgrounds. Due to the nature of its business, safety is a top priority at Ironside.

After a period of time when the company noticed Taylor’s work was deteriorating, Ironside developed ways to help him improve. However, when this didn’t yield satisfactory results, the company suggested to Taylor that he get his eyes checked. Taylor didn’t feel there was any issue with his eyesight, as he had never worn prescription glasses — though he did wear reading glasses — and had never had any vision issues in 30 years of working as a welder — the last 10 years with Ironside.