Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Adjudicator Rules Firing of Pregnant Manitoba Worker 'Discriminatory'

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Adjudicator Rules Firing of Pregnant Manitoba Worker 'Discriminatory'

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Ruling states pregnancy no reason to fire

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WINNIPEG - A Winnipeg cleaning company has been ordered by a human rights adjudicator to pay $5,000 in compensation to a female employee who was fired just days after learning she was pregnant.

Robert Dawson says in his ruling that the move by Take Time Cleaning and Lifestyle Services was discriminatory, and that it must pay Andrea Szabo for injury to her dignity and self-respect.

Dawson says Take Time owner Cindy Dayman knew that Szabo's medical appointments were related to her pregnancy, but the worker's resulting unavailability was part of Dayman's decision to fire her in 2012.

The adjudicator says that while the company has an attendance policy, the human rights code requires employers to reasonably accommodate workers to the point of undue hardship. …

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