Nothing can be more distressing to a woman than getting fired while pregnant. Pregnancy and parenting affect the productivity of our fast-paced and competitive workplaces, leaving pregnant women particularly sensitized to the subject of job security. And this is specifically why our employment laws protect pregnant women more than any other employee.
This article is for any Ontario employee who is a parent or contemplating parenthood. Pregnant women frequently grapple with the matter of job security. An expectant father considering time off for parental leave might wonder whether his job will still be there when he returns. And working parents may have questions about taking days off to manage the demands of a growing family.
If you become temporarily disabled due to an illness or injury, your employer must offer reasonable accommodation so you can continue working. The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario recently expanded the definition of disability to include circumstances uniquely faced by pregnant women.