Severance entitlement of a pregnant employee

Does pregnancy entitle a laid off employee to a greater severance payment?
By Brian Johnston
|Canadian Employment Law Today

Question:

I know terminating employees just prior to or during a maternity/parental leave is not possible but what about an employee who is part of a scheduled downsizing who lets us know she is three months’ pregnant? Her common-law based severance payment would only be about four months — not long enough to get her maternity leave. But she would have difficulty finding another job when she is pregnant. Does that increase the severance obligation?

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