Bus driver’s suspension a private affair: Adjudicator

Driver applied to competitor during suspension but was let go when original employer provided information to the new one
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 09/08/2010

An Alberta bus company violated a suspended driver’s privacy when it informed another bus company for whom the driver was working that he was suspended, the Office of the Alberta Privacy Commissioner (OPC) has ruled.

The driver worked for Calgary-based Cardinal Coach Lines when, on Feb. 26, 2007, he was randomly selected to take a drug test under the company’s drug and alcohol policy. The driver failed the test and he was suspended without pay until he was able to pass a another test to Cardinal’s satisfaction. Under the policy, he would continue to be tested randomly and another positive test would result in the termination of his employment.