Settlement reached with disabled employees in pension discrimination case

Employer closing plant didn't inform employees on disability leave of deadline to file for early retirement
|Canadian Employment Law Today

An Ontario company has reached a settlement with several employees who brought a complaint of discrimination before the Ontario Human Rights Commission.

Twenty-five former employers of Johnson Controls in Stratford, Ont., claimed the company discriminated against them based on their disabilities when it implemented a closure agreement regarding pension benefits when its plant closed on Dec. 14, 2001. Johnson Controls negotiated the agreement with the union shortly before the closing. The agreement allowed employees in three categories to apply for early retirement before age 65. The categories were:

•employees with 30 or more years of service;