Drug charges not enough for suspension

Nurse implicated in Hell's Angels drug bust but hospital fired her before any charges were proven in court
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 01/22/2013

Drug possession charges were not sufficient reason to place an employee on an unpaid suspension, an Ontario arbitrator has ruled.

Cambridge Memorial Hospital in Cambridge, Ont., ran a women and children program that provided care in the areas of labour and delivery, post partum, special care nursery and in-patient pediatrics. With its care of babies and new mothers, the program interacted with many members of the public.

On Nov. 7, 2011, a local newspaper published a story about a major drug bust involving the Hell’s Angels organization and many other people, where cocaine and marijuana were seized. A nurse at the hospital was implicated in the bust and was charged with possession and trafficking of cocaine. The nurse’s husband was a member of the Hell’s Angels and also faced the same charges. The story was also reported in other newspapers and on television.