Regional CAO Carmelo D’Angelo’s Statement of Claim, filed in a Hamilton court, outlines a concerning timeline of events that add to the intrigue surrounding his wrongly assumed departure. The statement claims that after a summer of leaks of his personal and confidential information and a multitude of media reports of this information, D’Angelo was advised by his physician on Dec. 11, 2018 to take a medical leave from work. The claim states, “It was envisaged that Carmelo would return to work approximately eight (8) weeks later.”
The claim continues that just three days later the “Region replaced the acting CAO that Carmelo had arranged to act in his place during his medical leave.” And then, “On or about Dec. 14, 2018, the region cut off Carmelo’s access to his work email account, his work voicemail and his corporate credit card.”
These knee-jerk reactions have caused many more questions, for example: Who ordered the change in Acting CAO and who authorized the new interim CAO to cut off D’Angelo completely from communications with his employment? When other regional employees take a medical leave of absence, is it standard practice to almost immediately cut off access to their work email, voicemail and corporate credit card?
Furthermore, the Region publicly stated that D’Angelo was on medical leave due to cardiac issues. This is abnormal given that a municipality does not release personal health information related to their employees. The normal and legal practice is to indicate that the employee is on “leave”, without disclosing the specific reason, especially if the reason is health related. In doing so, did the Region violate the province’s Personal Health Information Protection Act?
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