An ill-conceived plan to move pregnant employee’s job

Employer decided it was a good time to eliminate employee’s position when she went on pregnancy leave, but had no comparable job for her
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 01/06/2016

An Ontario employer must reinstate an employee and pay her $5,000 after wrongfully dismissing her while she was on maternity leave, the Ontario Labour Relations Board has ruled.

JYSK is a retail store chain based in British Columbia but with stores across Canada. The company hired Melanie Lamoureux in 2007 to be an English/French translator to support its advertising and marketing department, translate corporate documents, and support JYSK’s Quebec operations. Though Lamoureux worked in JYSK’s Mississauga, Ont., office, her manager in the marketing department was based in Vancouver.