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Settlement reached in Ontario age discrimination benefits case

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Cathleen Wright:

I would be interested to know what the CLHIA’s stand or comment is on this ruling, especially in light of the fact that the majority of insurance carriers have mandatory termination ages of 65 for some group benefits.

Tuesday, April 16 at 11:25 am | Reply


I am wondering if a challenge to OTIP’s decision to unilaterally reduce active teachers’ LTD benefits based on seniority is far behind.

Perhaps an admission that it’s tough to manage late career claim durations, but it’s age discrimination nonetheless.

The teachers unions as well have now exposed themselves to a class action by knowingly approving the cut-back instead of raising rates and source deductions.

Trading off the interests of certain classes of union members in favour of others is not uncommon, but the time and place to do it is during collective bargaining and at the bargaining table, not after the agreement is signed.

Tuesday, April 16 at 11:26 am | Reply


The OHA is in a similar situation. LTD benefits end at age 65 yet we are seeing more employees working beyond that age. The same is true for HOOPP in that employees with 35 years of service in the pension plan are not eligible for free accrual if they go off on sick leave for more than 15 weeks, however, many of our employees have 35 years of service and have not yet reached the age they are eligible for early retirement (55). Something needs to change!!

Wednesday, April 17 at 7:01 am | Reply

Shirley Bomberry:

I too am wondering how this would be managed given the insurance carrier’s rules determine coverage for any employee over the age of 65. There are limitations to Life Insurance, LTD and health insurance.

Tuesday, April 23 at 12:36 pm | Reply

Cecile Smith:

If you work for the Ontario Government and your employer is found at fault for discrimination by an outside party, what type of settlement has been reached in the past? What should the individual expect?

Sunday, January 26 at 1:16 pm | Reply

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