Canadian Human Rights Commission to Hear Discrimination Case Against CIDA

The Canadian Human Rights Commission is set to hear a federal employee’s discrimination complaint against the Canadian International Development Agency for rejecting her application for an Afghanistan posting two years ago because of her Type 1 diabetes.

The commission found that the complaint of CIDA employee Bronwyn Cruden warranted a hearing as “human-rights law … requires an analysis (of a disability) as to whether accommodation is possible or whether it would result in undue hardship to the respondent.”

CIDA had rejected Cruden’s application for the year-long Afghanistan posting as Health Canada had a policy that employees with Type 1 diabetes may not be sent in conflict zones. Two independent specialists had found her fit to to take on the posting.

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