Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Business Administration

First Advisor

Andiappan, A.


Business Administration, Management.




This thesis offers an analysis of the topic of discrimination against pregnant employees in Canada in the period between 1988 and 2000. 1988 was chosen for the starting point for this study in order to update a comprehensive article published in 1990 that covered developments up to this date. In updating the research presented in this earlier article, this thesis focuses on the development of the topic in the legal setting. It offers an analysis of the Canadian public policy environment as it relates to the topic, along with a detailed analysis of related cases that were heard during the studied period. These cases include those heard by both human rights tribunals and labour arbitration boards. This case analysis offers insight into how public policy has been interpreted by legal bodies and the kinds of problems that have been arising in the Canadian workplace. In order to create a more global understanding of this topic, this thesis also presents a general overview of the topic on an international level. By doing all of this, this thesis aims at offering recommendations and conclusions about what employers should be aware of in regards to their pregnant employees. Most importantly, while updating conclusions created in the earlier article and creating new ones, this thesis' key recommendation is that employers stay aware of developments that have taken place in order to be sure of their requirements and responsibilities. In developing this recommendation, this thesis offers employers insight into what they need to be aware of and how they can go about ensuring that they meet and exceed their requirements. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2000 .W56. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 40-03, page: 0580. Adviser: Andy Andiappan. Thesis (M.B.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2001.