In Manitoba, Linda Horrock was suspended from work at a personal care home in Flin Flon, run by the Regional Health Authority. Horrock was a health-care’s aide who consumed alcohol on the job, and a co-worker complained she was drunk on the job. Horrock signed an agreement which required she adhere to several conditions in order to be allowed back to work. They included abstaining from alcohol and obtaining counselling.
A year later Horrock was fired when her employer received two reports she was drinking again–once in a grocery store and a second time while making a phone call to a manager.
Horrock denied the drinking and filed a Human Rights complaint. Human Rights adjudicator Sherri Walsh on Tuesday ruled addiction amounts to a disability, that Linda Horrocks is entitled to reinstatement, three years of back pay, as well as an additional $10,000 for injury to her dignity.
Is the Human Rights adjudicator correct, or is it time to eliminate these quasi-legal tribunals?