Litigious means “ fond of engaging in law suits”. The truth is, most lawyers are more fond of settling law suits than going to court. A clear and firm result rather than the vagaries of the court room are almost always best for everyone. Sometimes clients don’t agree.
Every human rights code across the country, including the Canada Human Rights Act,
makes it illegal for an employer to discriminate in employment on the basis of family status. That can mean that the employer has to make changes to the workplace, to the point of it becoming an undue hardship for the employer, for employees who claim their parental duties require it.
So just how far does an employer have to go to accommodate the child care obligations of employees?
Apparently a CEO cannot away with behaviour that Captain Kirk engaged in on a regular basis: affairs with a subordinate. The times, as they say, are changing. I cannot comment on the legalities of the Boeing CEO’s termination as it would have been governed by American law.
A large local employer we will call Acme Education Systems has an internal employment policy which prohibits situations in which one relative can directly influence the employment of another. The policy seeks to avoid conflict of interest situations in a manner consistent with the Ontario Human Rights Code. Unfortunately, it does not succeed in that goal.