Appeal in compensation for preventive maternity leave
A Quebec woman is appealing a labour tribunal ruling that upheld another decision denying her compensation for preventive maternity leave.
Marie-Êve Éthier was working for CN as a yardmaster and conductor for the past six years. She was in the early stages of her pregnancy when her doctor recommended she go on preventive leave.
Éthier says she asked CN to accommodate her by assigning her tasks that posed less risk to her health but instead, she says her employer sent her home.
She filed a claim for compensation with the CSST - Quebec Workers Health and Safety Board - but she says it refused, claiming that employees of federally regulated enterprises are not eligible.
The Commission des lésions professionnelles du Québec, the administrative tribunal that hears appeals of decisions made by the CSST, recently upheld that ruling.
The Teamsters' Union is filing an application for judicial review with the Superior Court. It argues Éthier has been treated unfairly and questions why the health of a pregnant worker whose job falls under provincial law is protected while one who works for a federally-regulated employer law is not.