The Canadian Mental Health Association, Westman Region Inc., discriminated against an employee for her "perceived addiction" to alcohol when it fired the woman, an adjudicator has ruled.
The association has been ordered to pay about $6,000 in lost wages and damages to the unnamed woman, although that amount may be adjusted.
Although the adjudicator found insufficient evidence of an addiction, she concluded that it didn't matter — her employer and others believed that she was an alcoholic.
Discrimination on the basis of a perceived disability can still amount to discrimination under the Human Rights Code, the adjudicator ruled.
Besides paying lost wages and damages, CMHA Westman is to have its employment practices monitored by the Manitoba Human Rights Commission for two years.
The full decision can be found at the Commission's website at manitobahumanrights.ca
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