The British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal has awarded almost $150,000 to a former EA employee who claims she was unjustly fired after a suffering a breakdown. The worker's health deteriorated as her workload increased, and when she informed EA that she would be taking indefinite stress leave on her doctor's recommendation, she was dismissed (with an offer of a lump-sum severance payment). Although the Tribunal noted that it was not a case where the employee was 'worked to death"?, it stated that EA did not attempt to accommodate the employee's need for leave.
The monetary award includes amounts for injury to the worker's dignity, feelings and self-respect; health care costs; legal expenses; out-of-pocket expenses; lost value of stock options; and severance.
It is not known whether EA will appeal the Tribunal's decision.
Coverage at http://shorl.com/godyhipavubro (Vancouver Sun)
BC Human Rights Tribunal Decision at http://shorl.com/febreprogrydadru