Tribunal upholds banning of obese, sweaty nurse from operating room

Hospital should have done more to accommodate medical condition: Union
||Last Updated: 02/07/2008

A Quebec ministry of labour tribunal has upheld a Gatineau, Que., hospital's decision to fire an obese operating-room nurse who perspired excessively.

The nurse, who weighted 300 pounds and cannot be named, worked in the operating room at the Hull Hospital for five months in 2003.

The hospital barred her from working in the operating room because her excessive sweating could pose an increased bacterial risk for patients, said hospital lawyer Charles Saucier.