Volume 13, Number 6 November 4, 2005

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Retirement case heard

A tribunal began hearings last week into a former Saskatoon librarian’s complaint about mandatory retirement, in a case that could set a precedent.

Former Saskatoon Public Library employee Louise Carlson, told the tribunal Oct. 24 she was required to retire in 2003, after which she wrote to the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission.

The Commission is now asking the tribunal to determine if the province’s human rights code, which protects only those from age 18-64 from age discrimination, is discriminatory.

The Commission will argue the provision in the provincial human rights code which permits employers to retire people at 65 is contrary to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Saskatchewan is among a minority of provinces that permit mandatory retirement based on age.


For more information, contact communications.office@usask.ca


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