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Tammy Quilty-MacAskill, waits for a Human Rights Commission board of inquiry to commence after a break at the Holiday Inn in Dartmouth on Monday.
HALIFAX - A Tantallon woman claims her job wasn’t renewed because she was pregnant and has taken her case before the province’s Human Rights Commission.
Tammy Quilty-MacAskill, a former restorative justice case worker with the Community Justice Society, said in testimony Monday the non-profit didn’t renew her contract position because she would be on pregnancy leave.
“She feels she was wronged and that she shouldn’t have been subject to adverse treatment on the basis of pregnancy,” said Ann E. Smith, Quilty-MacAskill’s lawyer, to reporters during a break in the proceedings.
Quilty-MacAskill, 32, filed her complaint with the commission in March 2011 after two meetings with the executive director of the organization, Yvonne Atwell.
In those meetings, Quilty-MacAskill was three months pregnant. She expressed interest in a job opening created by a coworker leaving, and claims Atwell told her she would not get the job because she would would be on pregnancy leave and it would be “too much work” to find a replacement.
However, Quilty-MacAskill claims she was offered five month contract extension until August, a week before she was due.
Quilty-MacAskill’s resigned on from the Community Justice Society on April 8, 2011.
Brad Proctor, lawyer for the defence, told reporters on Monday the Community Justice Society believes they “did not discriminate in whole or in part, and the refusal to grant another term contract was exclusively on the basis of performance.”
Quilty-MacAskill was hired at the Community Justice Society in April 2009 on a one-year contact. Her contract was renewed in April 2010, during which time she served a two-day suspension and a two-month probationary period because of performance issues.
The defence also claims Quilty-MacAskill had personality clashes with Atwell which contributed to her contract renewal not being granted.
Quilty-MacAskill is seeking loss of income, general damages and acknowledgement that she was wronged.
The hearing will continue through Wednesday.
CLARK JANG - METRO HALIFAX