Law takes tough stance on accommodation

By Laura Cassiani
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/04/2003

The law surrounding an employer’s duty to accommodate is being applied more vigorously.

The Ontario Human Rights Commission sent that message to employers after deciding an Ontario fire department discriminated against a part-time firefighter when they turned him down for a full-time job because he had partial vision in one eye.

Representatives for the Ancaster Fire Department, near Hamilton, admitted they didn’t consider how they could accommodate the employee who could not meet a requirement needed to operate the town’s ambulance.