Family ties can put employers in knots

Recent case law shows employees’ family status is becoming a potential area of discrimination for employers to be wary of
By Michael Conradi
|Canadian Employment Law Today

Accommodating family status

The law concerning human rights claims on the basis of discrimination due to “family status” remains undeveloped. This, however, is changing. A handful of cases are starting to draw the boundaries of when discrimination occurs and when accommodation may be required.

While family status case law in Canada is still in its infancy, courts and human rights tribunals will be confronted with new fact scenarios and, therefore, the opportunity to contribute to an expanding and novel area of the law.