Woman says pregnancy, not conduct cost her new contract
Tammy Quilty-MacAskill testified Monday in human rights hearing over complaint
A Tantallon woman who says she was passed over for a job because she was pregnant told a human rights hearing that her boss told her to stop being so self-righteous.
Back 2011, Tammy Quilty-MacAskill was finishing up a contract with the Community Justice Society as a restorative justice case worker when she learned about a similar one-year contract coming up inside the organization.
She said she met with Yvonne Atwell, the society's executive director, about filling the position. Quilty-MacAskill said Atwell knew she was pregnant.
"She advised me when I asked about the renewal that it wouldn't make sense to renew me because I'd be off," said Quilty-MacAskill.
Instead, Quilty-MacAskill was given a five month extension that would take her to her due date. Soon after, Quilty-MacAskill resigned and filed her complaint with the human rights commission.
"I have a little girl so this is also for her," said Quilty-MacAskill. "I'm a social worker now and I feel it's just kind of my right now to speak up and advocate for pregnant women."
Employer says performance a key factor
The Community Justice Society denies Quilty-MacAskill's baby play any role in its decision.
"They have not discriminated in whole or in part on the basis of pregnancy," said Brad Proctor, a lawyer for the Community Justice Society. "The Community Justice Society did not award another term contract because of performance issues and that's what our evidence will say."
Proctor said those incidents included disclosing pregnancy test results to a young person’s boyfriend, and later calling him an "idiot" during an argument with him on the phone.
Quilty-MacAskill said she took responsibility for the incidents on the job. She said none of the performance issues came up during her meetings with the executive director about the upcoming contract.
The executive director has yet to testify. The hearing continues Tuesday.
With files from Bob Murphy