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Canada's Federal Court says families matter

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Family matters are more than the workplace and its demands, according to a ruling of the Federal Court of Canada.

The decision comes from a Canadian Human Rights Tribunal decision involving Fiona Johnson, who filed a complaint in 2004, against the Canadian Border Services Agency, because it refused to accommodate her request for fixed shifts, so she could arrange for child care.

The Court upheld a tribunal ruling that she was discriminated against because of her family status.

Alfred Kempf is a Kelowna lawyer who practices labour and human rights law.

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