Worker entitled to compensation for PTSD from attack, not any subsequent stress: Tribunal

Worker returned to work following incident; subsequent incidents not related to PTSD
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 11/26/2014

An Ontario worker’s stress-related psychological condition is not related to a workplace assault and therefore is not eligible for workers’ compensation, a tribunal has ruled.

The worker started working for the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) as a temporary subway janitor on July 5, 1995. Four days later, he was attacked by three people in the subway station where he was assigned. One of the people slashed his shirt with a box cutter and told him he was going to “stick” him. The worker thought he was going to die, but the attackers suddenly fled. The janitor called 911 and went to his supervisor’s office, where he said he didn’t want the job anymore and wanted to go home.