The P.E.I. Human Rights Commission will hold a panel hearing into a complaint from a Charlottetown woman who says she was fired from a local hotel shortly after she told her supervisor she was pregnant.
Management at the Inn on the Hill did not want to comment, but according to documents the hotel says Alison MacKinnon was a probationary employee, and was let go because she was not fast enough, took repeated breaks, and wore inappropriate clothing.
MacKinnon had been working at the front desk of the hotel for a month. She told CBC News last week no one ever mentioned any of those things to her.
"Nothing was ever said to me about performance, about my clothing, about my attitude," she said.
MacKinnon said the news that she was pregnant was well received initially, but less than an hour later she was called back to the office and told there were already plans in place to release her before she advised them she was pregnant.
MacKinnon filed a gender discrimination complaint with the P.E.I. Human Rights Commission. Commission executive director Greg Howard said the case raises interesting questions on both sides.
"You have a difficult situation where you have an employee who they think is not performing properly, and who's just advised that she's pregnant," said Howard.
"What are the rights of employers and employees in those circumstances?"
A human rights panel hearing has been set for Dec. 12-13.