Mail carrier’s honest mistake worthy of suspension, not firing

Employee didn't try to hide undelivered admail in truck and claimed it was a miscommunication with her assistant
|Canadian Employment Law Today

Canada Post shouldn’t have fired a mail carrier who was late delivering flyers, the Ontario Arbitration Board has ruled.

Valery Horbatiuk, 59, of Midland, Ont., was a rural and suburban mail carrier for Canada Post. On Jan. 25, 2006, Horbatiuk excerised her right to refuse unsafe work, claiming she couldn’t safely deliver mail on her rural route, which required reaching over to deliver mail through the passenger window, and repeatedly putting her body in an awkward position. She also had concerns of driving on narrow roads which didn’t allow her to get off the road to the mailbox and deliver mail in a timely manner.

A health and safety inspector recommended a paid assistant to help deliver mail through the passenger window and Canada Post hired one immediately.