CHAUDHRI: Termination during pregnancy brings big court award
After celebrating International Women’s Day last week, it’s a good time to reflect on how employment law is evolving for women.
The rather dismal statistics concerning women in leadership continue to make headlines. As an example, only 7.4% of Fortune 500 companies had a female CEO in 2020.
At a summary judgment motion heard before Madame Justice Jasmine Akbarali, the court found that Nahum’s service was “very short,” that she was well educated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and an MBA, and her age of 28 years should not be a barrier to re-employment.
Justice Akbarali noted that Nahum had applied for at least 36 jobs before her baby was born, and following the birth of her child she took only a two-month break from looking for work. Since then, she applied for at least 75 positions.
The Court found Nahum had also started a “side hustle” selling gift baskets filled with self-care products for new mothers, but she had only sold one of the baskets.