By Christina Iannozzi, Western Law School

shutterstock_444295678In Johnstone[1], the Federal Court of Appeal confirmed that federal employees are protected from discrimination on the basis of family status, which includes not only the status of being a parent, but also the parental obligations that flow from being a parent, such as childcare. One of the potential applications of Johnstone is to analogous arguments which can be made by employees claiming accommodation for eldercare. As the number of seniors in Ontario is expected to double to more than four million by 2041, there will be an increased need for eldercare.[2] Given the country’s aging population, employee requests for accommodation by way of absences or modifications to their working day to allow for eldercare responsibilities are already becoming more common. Continue Reading Family Status Discrimination: The Never-ending Story