A woman who was fired from her job at a Charlottetown inn shortly after telling the management she was pregnant has won her case at the P.E.I. Human Rights Commission.
The Inn on the Hill has been ordered to pay compensation of $15,206.
Alison MacKinnon was hired at the Quality Inn on the Hill as an administration assistant and front desk worker in September 2010. The next month, she told her supervisor she was three months pregnant, and an hour after that she was called into an office and fired.
Roger and Tanya Bevan, managers at Inn on the Hill, testified during the hearing that MacKinnon was let go because they did not like her attitude and that she dressed inappropriately. They said they had discussed letting her go with other employees a week before she was fired.
Because she was still in the probationary period of her employment, they argued, they did not have to provide a reason for letting her go.
But the Human Rights Panel did not find this to be a reasonable position.
"They did not advise her of these concerns and indeed they failed to give her any opportunity to address them," panel chair Anne Nicholson wrote in the decision.
"The information that Ms MacKinnon was pregnant precipitated her immediate dismissal."
The panel also ordered that the Bevans accept human resources training, including an educational presentation on human rights.