Important Decision on Family Status Discrimination

July 14, 2021 | Evan Campbell, Catherine Phelps | Kitchener-Waterloo

Ontario Municipal Human Resources Association Newsletter

In Kovintharajah v Paragon Linen & Laundry Services Inc., 2021 HRTO 98 (“Paragon Linen”) the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (the “Tribunal”) provided clarity on the test for family status discrimination and awarded one of the highest ever damages awards for this class of discrimination.

Requests for accommodation on the basis of family status have been on the rise for all municipal employers in response to the additional pressures on families caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This important decision offers insight to municipal employers on how to navigate family status accommodation.

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