Alberta worker wins accommodation for childcare, avoids night shift

Employer couldn’t explain why straight day shifts couldn’t be accommodated
By Jeffrey Smith
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/01/2015

An Alberta company discriminated against a worker who was a single mother of young children when it refused to accommodate her request for day shifts only, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench has ruled.


SMS Equipment was a supplier of equipment and equipment service to the construction, mining and petrochemical industries in Fort McMurray, Alta. The worker was a first-year apprentice welder who started employment as a labourer with SMS in November 2010.