B.C. teachers win rights for pregnant staff

Supreme Court rules employees entitled to both pregnancy, parental leave
By Liz Foster
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 12/15/2014

The Supreme Court of Canada, in a rare oral ruling from the bench, recently granted the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) a quick win in its fight for pregnant employees.

The BCTF’s appeal was granted by the Supreme Court on Nov. 14. The decision — regarding discrimination and unequal treatment under the Human Rights Code and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms upheld an arbitrator’s previous award on the matter.

In February 2011, the BCTF filed a grievance alleging discriminatory treatment of birth mothers by the Board of Education of School District No. 36 in Surrey, B.C., and the British Columbia Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA).