City calls worker’s bluff

Employee’s refusal to come back to work motivated by issues from earlier grievance, not medical problems: Arbitrator
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 01/26/2011

A Vancouver city worker who refused to come back to work after a medical leave wasn’t unfit for work but rather had an axe to grind, the British Columbia Arbitration Board has ruled. As a result, his defiant behaviour led to a more permanent leave when he was dismissed from his employment.