# 2020-121 Others, Accomodation


Case summary

F&R Date: 2021-02-25

The grievor argued that the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Food Services Policy does not accommodate military personnel who have gluten-free diets or food allergies.

The Initial Authority (IA) denied the grievor redress having found that the Food Services Policy was reasonable. The IA stated that it is the grievor’s responsibility to adhere to his dietary requirements consistent with his medical employment limitations and to avoid allergens while eating within a CAF food services facility. The IA also stated that, as an alternative, the grievor could purchase meals when entitled and claim reimbursement according to the Canadian Forces Temporary Duty Travel Instructions.

The Committee found that the CAF had offered reasonable and practical measure to the grievor, specifically the option of eating gluten-free meals at his regular place of duty and outside of it, as well as the option of being reimbursed for the cost of meals when entitled. It was determined that the Food Services Policy regarding gluten intolerance, in combination with the alternative arrangement, allowed for reasonable and adequate accommodation to the grievor.

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