Childcare not as much of an issue as worker claims

Family status discrimination complaint falls short upon examination of when worker traded shifts; worker refused all options except the one she wanted
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 06/11/2019
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Family status is a ground for which employers must try to accommodate their employees. While the extent of 
this protection seems to be in flux legally, it must include legal parental duties, not just an employee’s desire for work-life balance

A  British Columbia correctional officer has lost her claim of family status discrimination launched when her employer didn’t agree to her desire for permanent shift changes so she could avoid overnight shifts.

Ruby Havard was a correctional officer at Matsqui Institution in Abbotsford, B.C. Her husband also was a correctional officer at the institution. She normally worked two 12.75-hour day shifts followed by two overnight shifts of the same length and then five days off.