Sanitation worker's puddle of trouble

Worker said he had a condition that led to him urinating in employer's garbage area
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 07/06/2016

This instalment of You Make the Call features a worker who urinated on the floor at his workplace.

The 52-year-old employee was a sanitation worker at a food production facility, hired in August 2006. The facility was a bakeshop and the employee was responsible for cleaning and de-greasing production equipment, cleaning the floor and machinery, and emptying garbage in the garbage disposal area. He didn’t handle any food, but his duties required him to enter food production areas for cleaning and taking out the garbage.

Cleanliness was of utmost importance to the employer due to the nature of the business, and the company’s food safety and quality policy was posted outside the staff lunchroom and punch clocks. Employees were also trained on the policy, which required the sanitization of hands before going into the food production areas. The employee was required to wear a hairnet like other employees who entered these areas.