Last week, the Supreme Court of Canada erased what was a landmark decision award to an employee of Honda Canada who has chronic fatigue and had been fired after several years of struggling with his employers. (Court Sides with Honda on chronic fatigue firing)
I’m struck by two things.
1. The decision (who knows who is sitting on that court?)
2. How can people with invisible, unpredictable and variable disabling issues be able to work when even those with a long standing track record like the claimant in the above decision (according to court testimony, he was a major factor in the success of that local division) – can’t manage to keep their jobs?
I have a hunch that he could have used some help from someone (yes, someone like a career coach – -and one who understands chronic illness would be even better! ) around how to create better allies at work. It’s too bad that he couldn’t figure out how to manage his co-workers and supervisors so people didn’t sneer at him. Maybe it just wasn’t possible in that environment but we’ll never know. Nor will he.
But it does leave a lot of people feeling pretty vulnerable.
Rosalind aka cicoach.com