Family status is an evolving condition in human rights law, and it remains unclear precisely what qualifies a person to claim discrimination on that ground, but the Federal Court recently confirmed the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal’s 2010 decision that childcare obligations do fall within family status. Consequently, employers may not treat employees differently than their co-workers due to their childcare obligations.
The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario recently heard a case in which an employer replaced and terminated an employee on disability leave without making any effort to accommodate him. The tribunal was not impressed…
It seems that employers must continually learn that it is crucial to have clear written policies in place governing employee conduct and discipline, and to apply those policies consistently. An Alberta Employment Standards Umpire recently heard a case that reiterates the simple lesson.
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