Employers Cannot Discriminate Against Employees with Family Obligations

Adapted from the PSAC website posting of February 4, 2013 entitled: Federal court upholds Canadian Human Rights Tribunal decision on family status accommodation

The Federal Court has upheld a decision by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal saying that employers cannot discriminate against employees with family obligations.

The Federal Court decision, released late last week confirms that family status must be offered the same protection granted to all the other prohibited grounds of discrimination under human rights legislation.

“This is a huge win for all Canadian workers with family obligations,” said PSAC National President, Robyn Benson. “It is clear now that employers must carefully consider each and every family status accommodation request and accommodate them short of undue hardship.”

The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal decision can be read at:

For more information visit the PSAC website at:



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