Family Status Accommodation

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Ontario Superior Court Awards Damages for Family Status Discrimination

Justice Healy’s January 2015 decision in Patridge v Botony Dental Corporation is likely to be on many lists of top human rights law decisions already decided this year. Besides awarding damages under the Human Rights Code,...more

50 for 50: Five Decades of the Most Important Discrimination Law Developments - Number 36: “Family Status” Is Not a Protected...

Family status discrimination (“FSD”) is an increasingly recognized term that refers to discrimination against employees on the basis of their caregiving responsibilities, including those that actively participate in providing...more

Duty to Accommodate on Family Status Clarified in the Federal Sphere

The Federal Court of Appeal (FCA) recently confirmed that “family status” includes childcare obligations and provided clarity for employers on the test for whether the duty to accommodate has been met. While the decisions in...more

Minnesota Women's Economic Security Act Becomes Law

Last week, Minnesota passed the Women’s Economic Security Act (WESA), a nine-part law intended to break down barriers for women in the workplace. Of direct interest to employers, the law protects employees’ discussion about...more

The Duty to Accommodate Family Status (and Potentially Lifestyle Choices Too)

In an update last October (Accommodating Family Status – Needs vs. Preferences) we advised you that the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal established a new test for an employer’s duty to accommodate on the basis of family status...more

Update on Family Status Accommodation: Federal Court Finds that Childcare Not a "Choice"

The Federal Court of Canada has upheld a decision of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal which found that employers have a duty to accommodate an employee’s childcare obligations in certain circumstances on the basis of...more

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