by Alan White
Originally published: March 14, 2017
Bonté Foods Ltd. of Dieppe has been ordered to reinstate a worker with attention deficit disorder who was fired for violating the company's safe food-handling practices.
Arbitrator Robert Breen said Bonte's failure to accommodate Robert Daniel's diagnosed disability amounted to discrimination.
Breen was ruling on a grievance filed on Daniel's behalf by Local 406 of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union.
Daniel, who worked at Bonté Foods for about 14 years and was described as an "excellent employee," was given his termination letter on Sept. 29, 2016. It was signed by Coleen Aldred, the company's co-ordinator for human resources and health and safety.