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Queen's University

Das v University of Saskatchewan

This case involves a medical resident with a decade-long cocaine addiction who had been forced to drop out of a residency program at UBC in 1994 after suffering a series of relapses. 

In 2002, he was matched, through CARMS, with the University of Saskatchewan which accepted him as a resident.  Senior administrators found out about his drug addiction and made a few phone calls to UBC.  Citing concerns for patient safety and a high probability of relapse, they broke the contract between the resident and the university.

The Tribunal found that the University of Saskatchewan had discriminated against Dr. Das.  It had terminated his residency because of his disability, and had failed to discharge its duty to accommodate by failing to do an in depth risk analysis and by failing to meet with Dr. Das to work out an accommodation

Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000