Mandatory retirement OK at Air Canada

Union, airline pleased after pilots lose tribunal case
By Lesley Young
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/19/2007

Two former Air Canada pilots were not discriminated against based on age because they were forced to retire at age 60, according to a recent ruling by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal.

The tribunal ruled neither of the pilots, George Vilven and Robert Neil Kelly, experienced “age-related disadvantages or negative stereotyping” and that age 60 is the normal retirement age for other pilots who fly regularly scheduled international flights with major airlines.

“The ruling has implications for any organization that falls into the federal jurisdiction,” said Stuart Rudner, an employment lawyer and partner at Miller Thomson in Toronto.