What if I belong to a union?
In some cases, a lawsuit against the disability insurer may not be available to you. The only recourse you may have is to file a formal grievance if you are a union member. Therefore, it is important to advise our long-term disability lawyers whether you belong to a union as part of your employment. If you do, the terms of the collective agreement between your union and your company will need to be reviewed to determine whether the grievance procedure is the ‘exclusive remedy.’
If the collective agreement appears to make your employer the party responsible for payment of long-term disability benefits, the long-term disability claim will likely have to be ‘litigated’ using the union grievance apparatus.
On the other hand, if the terms of the collective agreement require only that your employer pays the long-term disability insurance coverage premiums to a disability insurer, or if the collective agreement is silent regarding long-term disability insurance, the likelihood is greater that you will be able to bring a lawsuit against the disability insurer for its denial of long-term disability benefits.