Women's day brings legal rights in workplace closer to home


It is International Women's Day today, March 8 – an opportunity to bring the challenges women face in the workplace to the fore.

Laws to protect women being discriminated against in the workplace because of their "family status" have existed for some time. What has been less clear is what the legal definition of "family status" means. Even at the highest court level, it's unclear as there have been few decisions to help define the term.

Given this lack of clarity, employers have had to consider multiple interpretations when accommodating employees. However, two recent rulings provide some clarity on how "family status" is interpreted in court.

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