Case studies: Gender/Pregnancy
Result: Dismissed at the investigation stage
A woman applied for an advertised position at an industrial machinery rental company. Although she was not successful in getting the advertised job, the company did offer her a permanent position as a sales coordinator. Shortly after she informed her employer of her pregnancy, the complainant was terminated. The investigation into the complaint found no evidence that the dismissal was connected to her pregnancy.
Result: Resolved voluntarily through conciliation
A woman alleged that she was treated unfairly in employment on the grounds of family status and gender (pregnancy). She claimed that her employer had not accommodated her after the birth of her child, as her child had experienced health problems and consequently the complainant's maternity leave had been extended more than once. When she was ready to return to work, the manager had changed, and the complainant no longer had her old position. The employer did offer her a night position, but the complainant did not consider this appropriate.
Conciliation was held. As a result, the complainant was given a letter of apology, and a ban forbidding her and her children from visiting the place of employment was lifted. The complainant was not interested in returning to work for this employer. The respondent also attended an education session on human rights issues. The complainant agreed to this settlement, and the file was closed.
For more information on gender discrimination please see information sheets on: Pregnancy and maternity leave, Sexual harassment, and Equal pay for similar work.
Revised: May 7, 2010