You are head of the English department at an international school for students who come to Canada to learn English and business skills. Most instructors retire before the age of 60, but one instructor’s 60th birthday is coming up and he is still teaching classes full time. Students enjoy his classes, and you consistently give him excellent performance reviews. He shares with you that he is planning to retire when he turns 60 because the health care benefits provided by the school end when workers turn 60. He tells you the only reason he is going to retire is so he can access the health care benefits included in his pension because he relies on extended health benefits to manage his prescription costs.
Are you experiencing discrimination under the Code?
No, you are not meeting your responsibilities under the Code. This instructor is not able to continue working without losing access to health care benefits he needs. Losing the benefits is connected to his age, a part of his identity protected by the Code. The school’s practice of ending health care benefits at age 60 might not have intended to harm anyone, but it has a negative impact on someone who is continuing to work and relies on extended health benefits. You are responsible to tell the school about the problem this instructor is experiencing so the policy can be reviewed.