Employment Law

Refusing to Work Because of a Pro-life Advertisement on an Employee’s Bus

A headshot of Toronto employment lawyer Lior Samfiru next to the logos for Samfiru Tumarkin LLP and radio station 640 Toronto.

A Peterborough Transit driver was sent home without pay because she refused to drive a bus with the controversial pro-life ads, says her union. The grievance says the bus driver – a woman – was assigned to work overtime on April 4, the first day that pro-life ads appeared on the exterior of two buses.

Employment lawyer Lior Samfiru, Co-Founding Partner at Samfiru Tumarkin LLP, joined host John Oakley on Global News Radio 640 Toronto to discuss whether or not the employee was legally allowed to refuse to work because of the ad’s presence.

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