OK to Lay off Worker Returning from Medical Leave

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A worker was about to return from a lengthy medical leave when his employer laid him off because of financial problems. He filed a disability discrimination complaint, which the Human Rights Tribunal dismissed. The worker wasn’t laid off because he was disabled. The company had lost two key clients and was suffering from the poor economy. It was in the process of downsizing when the worker was about to return. In fact, it also laid off three other people and cut the salaries of members of senior management [Munroe v. Padulo Integrated Inc., [2011] HRTO 1410 (CanLII), July 27, 2011].