Employer suspicious of workplace injury pushes return to work too hard

Company developed return-to-work plan behind worker’s back despite medical assessments that worker was unfit to work
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 01/06/2016

A British Columbia employer was too aggressive when it proposed a return-to-work plan for an injured employee and then fired the employee for not agreeing to it, an arbitrator for the Canadian Railway Office of Arbitration and Dispute Resolution has ruled.

Geoff Fuoco was a conductor for the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) in Revelstoke, B.C., with ten years of service and a clean disciplinary record.