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Disabled employee who lied about ability to work was fired for cause

By Adrian Miedema

An employee who lied to and misled her employer about her ability to perform her work as a reporter was fired for just cause, and arbitrator has held.

The employee severely injured her ankle while skydiving ‘on assignment for a travel piece involving extreme sports’. The arbitrator found that there was no doubt that the ankle injury resulted in a disability.

The employee told the employer that she could not drive and that going out on assignment by taxi ‘wiped her out’. She also presented herself as unable to get around the workplace without the use of two canes…

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