EI laws discriminate against women

Tribunal rules that forcing primary caregivers to work 700 hours to qualify for EI violates Charter of Rights and Freedoms
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/08/2003

Canada’s unemployment insurance laws discriminate against women, a Winnipeg tribunal has ruled.

Women are more often primary caregivers so it’s harder for them to work the 700 hours required to qualify for EI. The rules therefore violate the equality provisions under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the tribunal said.

Tribunal rulings cannot change the law but if the ruling is upheld on appeal to the Federal Court, Parliament would be forced to act.