Mountie wins discrimination suit

RCMP discriminated against officer on the basis of marital status: tribunal
By Todd Humber
|Canadian Employment Law Today

The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has ordered the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to pay one of its officers compensation for the pain and suffering it caused.

The tribunal found the RCMP was guilty of discrimination based on marital status when it refused to promote and relocate Jacqueline Brown because of the accommodation that would be required for her husband, who is also a Mountie.

Brown, an officer working out of a British Columbia detachment, said she was passed over for promotion because of her sex and her marital status. The tribunal threw the sex discrimination claim out because there wasn’t enough evidence to back it up. But the marital status charge stuck.