Depressed employee’s resignation upheld (Legal View)

Worker's decision to quit was thought out, not impulsive
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/26/2016

An Ontario worker’s bid to get his job back after he claimed stress and depression caused him to resign has been denied by an arbitrator.

The 40-year-old worker was a professional engineer at Ontario Power Generation (OPG), a utilities company. OPG recruited the worker out of university in 1999 after he completed a master’s degree in engineering. He worked without any major problems until Jan. 1, 2010, when he went on sick leave.

The worker's sick leave was due to severe mental stress and depression. His condition became unmanageable when his marriage broke up, necessitating the sick leave.