It's the fact of being pregnant and having a baby. This ground also includes everything related to pregnancy, such as health monitoring and maternity leave.
A person cannot discriminate or harass you because of you are pregnant. The Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms prohibits anyone to:
- treat you differently because of your pregnancy
- make offensive and repeated comments to you related to your pregnancy
- behave repeatedly in an offensive manner towards you in relation to your pregnancy
|For example, you cannot be denied a job or a promotion because you are pregnant.
This video presents the topic of pregnancy in American Sign Language (ASL)
Discrimination at work because of pregnancy
At the end of her maternity leave, Rosa returned to work on the scheduled date. She was surprised to learn that her position was now held by a permanent employee. Her employer assigned her to a less interesting and less well-paid position instead. Rosa’s employer cannot change her position while she is on maternity leave. This is discrimination on the basis of pregnancy.