A Canadian man is smiling after winning a court case to recover a whopping 3.5 hours of lost pay when a snowstorm prevented him from getting to work in 2013. Yes, you heard that right. This dude spent five years in court to recover 3.5 hours of backpay. Respect.
Leslie Smith of Summerside of Prince Edward Island (P.E.I) is now the working man’s hero. On December 4, 2013 a large snowstorm prevented Smith from traveling to his job at the Tax Services Office in Charlottetown, P.E.I. The commute normally takes him an hour. During the storm, Smith deemed the roads too unsafe for travel and decided to stay home. The man made two attempts to navigate the roads before observing multiple vehicles that had slid off the road. Ultimately he returned home.
According to The Star, Smith’s employer agreed to pay him part of his day’s wages as he made the effort to get to work. The five-year case was Smith’s attempt to recover the remaining wages from that fateful day in 2013. The case was brought to the two Canadian labor-relations boards. On September 20, 2018, the Labor Relations and Employment Board found in Smith’s favor and he is set to receive the lost wages.
“It would not have been wise for him to endanger his life or physical health by driving in very difficult road conditions from his home to his workplace, which was an hour away,” adjudicator Nathalie Daigle said in a decision from a panel of the Federal Public Sector Labour Relations and Employment Board.
Let us all take this as a lesson of perseverance. This was a matter of principal and Smith fought it to the end. Perhaps this tactic may work when some of us decide its a bad idea to drive to work on a powder day due to “unsafe conditions.” The ski area’s access road is probably much safer.
Find the entire Star article here: Man wins five-year battle over 3.5 hours of leave pay lost during snowstorm