Increased overtime expectations discriminate against worker with small child

Restructuring led to larger mail load for Ontario letter carrier
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 06/06/2016

Canada Post discriminated against a letter carrier when it told her she had to change her childcare arrangements so she could work overtime under a collective agreement provision, an arbitrator has ruled.

Jessica Weber was a letter carrier for Canada Post in Kitchener, Ont. Canada Post’s collective agreement with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) included an overtime provision stipulating “insofar as practicable, overtime on an employee’s route or assignment will be performed by the employee assigned to that particular route.”

It was expected that if an employee couldn’t finish her route during normal hours, she would