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|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/07/2008

Top court denies adoptive mother’s bid

Ottawa — The Supreme Court of Canada has refused to hear an adoptive mother’s case for maternity-leave benefits. Patti Tomasson of Vancouver was denied 15 weeks of maternity-leave benefits when she adopted children in 1999 and 2003. Tomasson took the Canada Employment Insurance Commission to court, claiming maternity-leave benefits discriminated against adoptive parents. Last August, the Federal Court of Appeal ruled maternity leave was intended to allow birth mothers to recover from the “physiological and psychological experience” of pregnancy and childbirth, something adoptive mothers don’t experience.

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