Transfer of Worker Being Stalked Wasn’t a Disability Accommodation

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A worker at a liquor store who’d been harassed and stalked by a customer was transferred to a store outside the city at her request. When her co-workers learned the reason for her transfer, they raised concerns that working with her endangered their own health and safety. She filed a complaint, claiming that the employer and her co-workers had discriminated against her based on a disability (general anxiety disorder). But the Human Rights Tribunal dismissed her complaint. There’s wasn’t sufficient evidence that she was disabled under the law or that she’d requested the transfer as an accommodation for her alleged disability—she asked for the transfer so it would be harder for the stalker to find her [Crowley v. Liquor Control Board of Ontario, [2011] HRTO 1429 (CanLII), July 29, 2011].