Ontario transit authority sued by unvaccinated workers placed on indefinite unpaid leave

TORONTO (LifeSiteNews) — At least a dozen former employees, including many longtime staff and senior managers, are suing Ontario transit authority Metrolinx for a combined $2.09 million after being treated with “callous disregard” for refusing the COVID-19 vaccine.

The workers filed lawsuits against Metrolinx in December for wrongful dismissal after the company put them on unpaid leave for refusing to comply with mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations, as reported by the Toronto Star.

“Metrolinx had been allowing people to work from home since March 2020, and all of a sudden my clients are no longer allowed to work at all because they did not agree to a vaccine policy that was never, ever required of them in their contracts,” said Stan Fainzilberg, a lawyer representing 10 of the former Metrolinx employees.

“That is, in our view, a very clear breach of contract,” he added.

Former employees Michael Bogias and Peter Rozanski told the Star that they are entitled to severance pay and accrued vacation pay since the suspension amounted to being fired as the leave term is indefinite.  

The company mandated that workers receive the vaccine despite being able to work from home. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Bogias, a 10-year senior manager, reported that he worked exclusively from home “without issue.”

Rozanski, a five-year employee, reported that the company neither failed to make accommodations for him “nor were any alternative solutions meaningfully considered.”

Rozanski added that Metrolinx also refused to pay him six weeks’ vacation pay that he had earned before the suspension.