Air Canada forced to reinstate retired pilots

Originally published in McClean’s on November 8th, 2010. To go to the McLean’s website please click here

Human Rights Tribunal finds mandatory retirement discriminatory, but refuses to set precedent

Two Air Canada pilots, aged 65 and 67, who were forced to retire from the airline in 2005 and 2003, are about to go back to work thanks to a ruling from the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. The pilots will be given full seniority, and be compensated for lost wages, plus interest, and minus received pension money. However, the tribunal made clear that this ruling only applies in these cases, and is not a precedent meant to throw out all mandatory retirement provisions at the airline. CARP, the retiree advocacy group, supports the decision, but says it is still lobbying the government to repeal parts of the Canadian Human Rights Act in order to prevent mandatory retirement.

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Keywords: mandatory retirement