Employer doesn't bend for yoga course

Extended educational leave leads to firing
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 06/30/2014

Megan Mellquist was fired from her full-time position as a lifeguard at the Temple Gardens Mineral Spa in Moose Jaw, Sask., after she failed to return to work following a leave of absence.

Mellquist started working for the employer when she was 15. At the age of 18, she was granted an educational leave of absence to travel to Bali, Indonesia, to train as a Level 1 registered yoga teacher.

After successfully completing the level, however, Mellquist was approached by the owner of the yoga school and offered the opportunity to stay on for Level 2. The training fees would be waived and Mellquist’s housing and food would be provided free of charge. The offer was made just 18 hours before Mellquist was scheduled to fly home.