Air Canada flight attendant grounded after false medical notes

Employee copied notes from previous absences but didn't actually see dcotor
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 01/09/2013

Air Canada had just cause to dismiss an employee for false medical notes and had the right to investigate the legitimacy of those notes, an arbitrator has ruled.

The employee, a long-service flight attendant based in Toronto, took three days off from Oct. 1 to 3, 2011, for illness. Air Canada requested a medical certificate to substantiate the absence and the flight attendance eventually provided a note. The note didn’t provide any information about the doctor’s name or the clinic and only had an illegible signature. The note also appeared to be photocopied.

Air Canada advised the flight attendant that the note wasn’t acceptable and he said he would get another one. Air Canada reviewed his file and found he had provided two similar notes for absences earlier in 2011 — no information on the doctor or clinic and an illegible signature.