Drug and Alcohol Case


Published on: 10/07/2017

In perhaps the most important human rights decision to date dealing with drugs in the
workplace, the Supreme Court of Canada recently ruled that an employer may terminate a
worker for just cause when he violated a Fitness for Duty Policy by attending work under
the influence of drugs. In a landmark human rights decision the Supreme Court
ultimately upheld the ruling of the Alberta Human Rights Tribunal that the employer did
not unlawfully discriminate when a worker's employment was terminated. The decision,
included a provocative dissent, is reviewed and discussed below.

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