This single Canadian father has been accused of breaching the human rights act when he enquired a babysitter about his gender and age.
The father-of-two is under investigation after a complaint was filed by the babysitter, James Crynowski.
The father posted an advertisement on Kijiji.com, seeking a ‘babysitter for the evening for his two sons, then five and eight.
He received several responses and among them was Crynowski’s, who listed his skills like CPR, first aid, and seven years experience of caring for children.
Todd responded with a series of basic questions and asked him where he lived, how old he was, and if he was male or female.
Crynowski replied, ‘Hi, I live in Edmonton. I’m male and 28 years old,’ but received no responses.
The father said that his dinner plans fell through so he no longer required a sitter.
But instead of following up, Crynowski filed a formal complaint with the Alberta Human Rights Commission claiming that he has been discriminated because of his age and gender.
The father said, ‘There have been many sleepless nights. I did not realize that people could object to me finding out all the relevant information I can about a potential babysitter, including their age and sex. I thought I was doing what was best for my young children.’
‘Just trying to learn enough about a potential new babysitter can get me in trouble and I need to ensure that my children are safe,’ he added.
The Justice Center for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF) is now representing the father and sent a letter to the commission that said, ‘Thwarting parents from even inquiring about a babysitter’s gender or age is inconsistent with giving ‘utmost deference’ to parents’ preferences concerning a babysitter for their children. It is also inconsistent with the fact that both gender and age may each be bona fide occupational requirements in this context.’
The father said, ‘The parents should have full discretion. If it is for a service in the home, you have to feel comfortable with a person coming into your home.’
He added: ‘It is unclear why the Human Rights Commission has now accepted Mr. Crynowski’s complaint against Todd, giving the precedent set by the test case.’
Source – Daily Mail