Accommodation a two-way street

B.C. guard lost baby but employer acted in good faith: Board
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Western Report|Last Updated: 08/10/2009

A pregnant British Columbia correctional officer didn’t fully co-operate with her employer’s accommodation efforts and the stress she experienced — which she said contributed to the loss of her baby — was not the result of workplace harassment, the Canadian Public Service Labour Relations Board has ruled.

The woman in Spooner v. Canada (Treasury Board — Correctional Services) was assigned to Fraser Valley Institution, a federal penitentiary in Abbotsford, B.C. She was on a team preparing a secure unit for maximum security inmates.

In 2006, a new team leader was hired for the secure unit. Tension between the team leader and the employee quickly developed when the team leader made changes to the policies and protocols the employee had developed and the employee joined the union executive.