Failure to account for employee’s caregiving needs was discriminationEmployer lumped all absences, including those needed for taking care of elderly mother, together as reason for dismissalBy Jeffrey R. Smith10/03/2012|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 10/03/2012 Balancing an elderly mother and workEmployers are increasingly facing demands to accommodate the needs of employees with family demands that may affect their work schedule. Family status has become a protected ground for discrimination, and more Canadian jurisdictions are enshrining unpaid job-protected leave for compassionate care of family members. So employers have to be ready to consider any circumstances where an employee is trying to balance the caregiving responsibilities and their job duties.As with any protected ground, discrimination can happen even if the main reason for dismissal or discipline is something else. As long as the employee’s family status is a factor, there is discrimination. Such as when an employee is fired for too many absences when some of those absences were for providing care for an ailing family member. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.