Gander, N.L. airport screening officer caught moonlighting on medical leave

Breach of trust, lengthy period of dishonesty: arbitrator
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 10/07/2019
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A Newfoundland and Labrador worker requested accommodation for a medical condition and later a leave of absence for another, but he was found to be working at a second job instead of recovering.

Rick Parsons worked as a screening officer at the Gander airport for Securitas Transport Aviation Security. He was hired by the company’s predecessor in 2003. His job duties included ensuring that passengers and baggage were screened safely in accordance with the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA), often with little or no supervision.

In March 2018, Parsons requested accommodation for medical reasons by having work hours restricted to the day shift and he also claimed he suffered from sleep apnea. Parsons later provided a doctor’s note recommending a two-month trial period of day shifts.