Article by Yvette Brend, CBC News
The B.C. Human Rights Tribunal has decided to hear the case of a gymnastics coach suspended in 2015, despite stellar work reviews, after co-workers said she was “stoned” on the job.
The coach uses medical marijuana in her off-time to manage painful acid reflux and other “gastric” issues but says she never came to work impaired, according to tribunal documents.
Tribunal member Catherine McCreary opted to keep the coach and gym anonymous, given the personal nature of her medical details.
The coach argues that she needs pot to manage her disability, while her employer counters that it’s unsafe given her role coaching children on hazardous gymnastics equipment.
The gym adopted a “zero tolerance” policy for employees using illegal drugs in 2015.
But that policy came after the employee’s issues arose, and after she’d passed all her reviews with accolades.