Employer insensitive to hypersensitivity

Employee awarded $18,000 after new manager ended work-from-home agreement
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/21/2011

A government employer must pay $18,000 for its reluctance to allow an employee who got sick from the office environment to work from home, the Canada Public Service Labour Relations Board has ruled.

Nathalie Cyr was a project manager at Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) who had been working in the public service since 1992. In February 2004, she started working at Service Canada’s offices at Place du Portage, a building in Gatineau, Que.

Cyr had never experienced any health problems before but, after one month in the new building, she began feeling tired on a regular basis. She also began suffering from headaches and sinus pain shortly after arriving at work each day. When she went home, the symptoms would gradually disappear, only to return at work the next day.