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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)

Do you believe you are being discriminated against or harassed because of your pregnancy?

The Commission can help you recognize discrimination or harassment and take action to prevent or stop discriminatory behaviour.

Discrimination Harassment Defending your rights

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.

Did you know?

In Québec in 2015, the average number of children per mother was 1.60 and the average age for maternity was 30.5 years old.

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Resources on pregnancy