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SOURCE Canadian Human Rights Commission
OTTAWA, May 2, 2014 /CNW/ - The Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) welcomes today's Federal Court of Appeal decisions in Johnstone v. Canada Border Services Agency and Seeley v. Canadian National Railway Company as important reaffirmations of the rights of Canadian employees to be accommodated when family caregiving and work responsibilities come into conflict.
Fiona Johnstone and Denise Seeley each filed discrimination complaints against their respective employers, on the ground of family status, for failing to accommodate their parental caregiving responsibilities in a way that enabled them to remain in the workforce.
Today's decisions by the Federal Court of Appeal uphold previous rulings by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, and affirm the rights of Canadians who need to balance work responsibilities with family caregiving obligations.
"This is an issue that will touch millions of Canadians at some point in their lives and will become increasingly important with demographic change. The CHRC encourages employers, employees, and unions to seek collaborative approaches to enable people with family caregiving responsibilities to continue to participate fully and meaningfully in the workforce."
"These are important decisions because they clarify an emerging issue in human rights law affecting millions of Canadians."
-David Langtry, Acting Chief Commissioner, Canadian Human Rights Commission
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