Bereavement leave denied for stillborn child

Hertz Canada lost bid to dismiss human rights complaint in B.C.
||Last Updated: 07/21/2008

A car rental employee in Vancouver who was denied bereavement leave for the funeral of his premature baby is taking his employer Hertz Canada before the human rights tribunal.

The company and complainant Ali Mahdi, an instant return representative who had worked at Hertz Canada since 1997, have differing accounts on whether Mahdi said the baby had died in a miscarriage or was born alive then died, the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal noted.

The three-day bereavement leave would have been available to Mahdi had his child been born alive then died, Hertz Canada told the tribunal in applying to have the case dismissed.