Family needs vs. family choices

Employees said schedule change discriminated against their family status but not every negative impact can be accommodated
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 05/05/2010

Four employees of an Ontario electricity distribution company cried foul when their shift schedule was altered and caused problems with their parental responsibilities. However, when they filed grievances claiming discrimination based on family status, an arbitration board drew a line between serious family obligations that should be accommodated and normal family responsibilities that employees should deal with themselves.