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Worker fired over illness awarded damages

Thursday, September 08, 2016 @ 8:00 PM | By Luis Millan

A retirement home has been ordered by the Quebec Human Rights Tribunal to pay more than $11,000 in material, moral and punitive damages to an employee who was fired because of her health condition.

The “important” decision reaffirms the wide reach of article 18.1 of the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms, which circumscribes information gathering at the pre-hiring stage; highlights the importance for employers to have thorough pre-employment medical questionnaires that do not breach the Charter; and underscores the need for employers to take...