Despite assaulting his manager, employee given $25,000, reinstatement

Employer failed to consider evidence of senior engineer’s medical condition
By Jeffrey Smith
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/01/2016

A federal department should have accommodated an employee with medical issues rather than firing him for committing a violent act in the workplace, the Canada Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board has ruled.

Naim Rahmani was hired by Transport Canada in 2003 as a senior engineer in the standards branch, national aircraft certification, in that branch’s electronic equipment design assurance section. He worked with clients looking to have their airplanes accredited so they could be authorized for use in Canada, examining the computer components of various elements of airplanes including the engines, fuselage and flight controls.

Rahmani had a colleague, Patrick Desbiens, who started working around the same time as him. Desbiens initially had a classification one level higher than Rahmani but, a couple of years later, Rahmani also advanced to that level. Though they had identical duties and the same manager, the two men worked on different projects.