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Tribunal rules in favour of mother

Jessica Maciel had enough to worry about, being a 20-year-old single woman dealing with an unexpected pregnancy and all.

Jessica Maciel had enough to worry about, being a 20-year-old single woman dealing with an unexpected pregnancy and all.

But then she was fired because of it.

The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario agreed with her Wednesday, awarding her $35,000 in damages and lost wages more than a year after she was fired from Nino D’Arena salon in Mississauga. The tribunal also ordered the salon to implement a policy that would protect women in the future.

Maciel was four months pregnant when she started working at the salon in August 2008. She didn’t mention her pregnancy during her job interview, knowing if she divulged that information she would not have been hired.

But on her first day, she figured she should get everything out in the open. She told her boss, Cinzia Conforti, about the pregnancy. Fifteen minutes later, she was asked to leave.

 
 
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