Less talk, more action needed for accommodation

N.S. correctional services discussed accommodation with dyslexic employee, but didn’t actually do much
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 05/05/2010

The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission has found a provincial government department did not go far enough in its efforts to accommodate a man with a learning disability, resulting in discrimination that contributed to his anxiety disorder.

Michael Trask, 48, suffered from dyslexia, a learning disability that hindered his ability to read and write, though not affecting his other mental functions. In 1996, he moved to Prince Edward Island and studied to become a corrections officer. At the completion of his program, he was allowed to complete the written test because, he said, they accommodated him and his disability by allowing him more time to write it.