Firing of employee on maternity leave prompts human rights complaint against Ryerson Students' Union

TORONTO, Feb. 29, 2016 /CNW/ - A Human Rights case has been filed against the Ryerson Students' Union and its Executive Committee Members, Andrea Bartlett, Cormac McGee, Rabia Idrees, Harman Singh and Obeid Ullah.

It is alleged that on December 1, 2015, in breach of provincial human rights legislation, Gilary Massa was illegally terminated from the Ryerson Students' Union three months into her maternity leave.  

Massa, a full time unionized staff member, had worked with the RSU for seven years without incident. "This case is about the fundamental right of Canadian women (and men) to balance their desires for a career and a family without reprimand," says Massa.

"March 6th marks International Women's Day, and as we get ready to celebrate the gains made for women's rights in this country, the actions of the RSU leaves a lot to be desired and serves as a cautionary tale for employers across Ontario," says Saron Gebresellassi, Massa's lawyer.

MEDIA AVAILABILITY:
Gilary Massa, the complainant, and Saron Gebresellassi, her Legal Counsel, will be in attendance at the Ryerson Rally for Fairness and Equity for Women at Ryerson and available for comment.

WHAT: Rally and March for Fairness and Equity for Women at Ryerson  
WHERE: Ryerson Student Learning Centre- 341 Yonge Street
WHEN: Tuesday March 1st, 2016
TIME: 12:30 PM

SOURCE Gebresellassi Law

For further information: Saron Gebresellassi, Litigation Lawyer, Phone: 416-887-LAW1; Gilary Massa, Complainant, Phone: 647-869-2101

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