Worker wins childcare accommodation, avoids night shift

Employer couldn’t explain why allowing worker to work straight day shifts couldn’t be done
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 04/29/2015

An Alberta company discriminated against a worker who was a single mother of young children when it refused to accommodate her request for day shifts only, the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench has ruled.

SMS Equipment was a supplier of equipment and service to the construction, mining and petrochemical industries in Fort McMurray, Alta. The worker was a first-year apprentice welder who started employment as a labourer with SMS in November 2010.