Company’s Treatment of Pregnant Security Guard Was Discriminatory

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Within minutes of a security guard‘s telling the company’s sole officer that she was pregnant, he removed her from the schedule for “health and safety reasons” and told her to go on short term disability. Because these benefits didn’t cover her expenses, she got other employment, including office work for another security company. When the company found out she was working for a competitor, it fired her. The Human Rights Tribunal ruled that the company and officer had discriminated against the guard because of her gender by treating her based on stereotypes and unsupported assumptions about what pregnant women could and couldn’t do. The Tribunal ordered the defendants to pay her $20,000 in damages in addition to lost wages. It also ordered all management personnel to get human rights training and to create a written policy on pregnant workers [Graham v. 3022366 Canada Inc. (c.o.b. Response Safety Security & Investigation), [2011] O.H.R.T.D. No. 1472, Aug. 5, 2011].