Even in this day and age of reasonable accommodation run amok, we’re constantly told that public safety trumps all, but that was then and this is now because apparently, safety must also take a backseat to hurt feelings.
At least that’s the case in a matter involving a Waterloo, Ontario long-term care facility nurse who for two years, had been stealing opioids for her own use and falsifying medical records to conceal the thefts.
It was unclear if she was “shorting” her patients’ medication in order to facilitate her personal consumption but regardless, this isn’t the kind of nurse you want on duty, right?
Wrong. In a bizarre ruling that determined her opioid addiction is a “disability,” a labour arbitrator has ordered the Regional Municipality of Waterloo to not only give her job back, but also provide compensation for her unfair dismissal and pay general damages for “injury to dignity, feelings and self-respect.”
Who could’ve guessed that labour arbitrators and human rights commissioners would care more about an individual’s self-esteem than the well-being of society at large.