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10 August 2011

Alison Narod Appears in Business in Vancouver on Mandatory Retirement Case

Partner Alison Narod is interviewed in the August 2 - 8 issue of Business in Vancouver on a recent BC Supreme Court decision on mandatory retirement.

The BCSC upheld a Human Rights Tribunal decision that a partner of a law firm is an employee under BC’s human rights code. Under s. 13(1) of British Columbia’s Human Rights Code, employees are protected from age discrimination.

Alison Narod, a partner in Farris’ labour and employment group, said the decision might have far reaching effects on partnerships. Commenting about the interpretation of who is an “employee” under the Code, she said, “If you give power and control over to others in the partnership and they essentially act as a manager, you can put yourself in a position where you are an employee…”. She added that “once a partnership is brought under the code, it exposes them to other discrimination liabilities: race, disability, gender”.

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