Does a pregnant woman have the legal right to refuse to work in an environment that is unsafe to her as a pregnant woman? In 2014 the Supreme Court of Canada answered that question with a “yes” with its decision in the case of Dionne v. Commission scolaire des Patriotes, 2014 SCC 33 (CanLII). My summary of that case can be found in my earlier post SCC: Pregnant Women Have the Right to Refuse Unsafe Work Environments.
While the right to refuse to work in an unsafe work environment is now enshrined in law, what about payment? If a woman refuses to attend work because it may be harmful to her or her child, what is she do about money?
A Private Members bill introduced by backbench Liberal MP Mark Gerretsen, Bill C-243 (1st Session, 42nd Parliament, 64-65 Elizabeth II, 2015-2016) may have the answer.