Pregnant workers more vulnerable to health risksSupreme Court reinforces right to refuse unsafe workBy Liz Bernier06/16/2014|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/16/2014 During pregnancy, workers often become more vulnerable to health risks in the workplace — and pregnancy may trigger the right to refuse unsafe work. That’s according to a recent ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada, which reinforced some of the legal protections offered to pregnant workers in Quebec. In Dionne v. Commission scolaire des Patriots, the Supreme Court considered the case of a pregnant supply teacher, Marilyne Dionne, who was advised by her doctor she was susceptible to a number of harmful viruses. Her work environment — the classroom — posed a health risk because children are common carriers of some of the viruses. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.