Dismissal of pregnant employee for lying not discriminatory: Tribunal

Law firm dismissed pregnant employee for dishonesty after she lied about how and when she found out she was pregnant
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 07/06/2016

The British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal has dismissed the discrimination complaint of an employee who was fired for telling a false story about when she found out she was pregnant.

Erica Opp was hired on Nov. 17, 2014, by Vancouver law firm Mackoff and Company (MLC) to be a legal administrative assistant.

On Opp’s first day of work at the firm, an associate lawyer saw an individual whom he later learned was Opp enter the elevator he was in. She spoke to another man in the elevator and told him it was her first day at her new job with MLC. She also whispered to the man that she had just found out she was pregnant. When the man asked her if she was going to inform MLC, she responded, “No, I don’t know.” She and the man then agreed she should work for MLC for a while before announcing her pregnancy.