Accommodating addiction-related disabilities a must for employers


A recent Manitoba Human Rights Commission decision finding a woman was unjustly terminated for drinking off the job highlights the importance of an employer’s duty to accommodate addiction-related disabilities in the workplace, says Toronto employment lawyer Barry Goldman.

human rights adjudicator found a health-care aide was entitled to be reinstated, receive three years of back pay and an additional $10,000 for injury to her dignity after she was fired for consuming alcohol outside of work.

The adjudicator ruled that alcohol addiction amounts to a disability under the Human Rights Code.

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