Supreme Court confirms employers can terminate workers with disabilities

No discrimination found in 2005 dismissal
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 08/17/2017

In a recent decision, the Supreme Court of Canada has confirmed that the termination of an employee with a disability is not necessarily a breach of human rights.

The June 15 ruling found there was no prima facie discrimination when it came to the dismissal of a man who said he had an illegal drug addiction.

There’s no doubt this is an employer-friendly decision in an area not typically known for them, said John Batzel, a partner at Bennett Jones in Calgary.