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CN withholding pension from gay widower over outdated definition of spouse

Ken Haire was devastated when his partner of 33 years, Gerry Schwarz, died in 2012. He was even more distraught when he learned he wouldn't see a dollar of the survivor benefits built into Schwarz's pension because CN Rail's plan did not recognize same-sex relationships at the time of Schwarz's retirement.

Haire has spent parts of the last nine years fighting to get CN's pension and benefits department to overturn its decision. Now 71 years old, he's taken that fight public.

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by Anonymousreply 605/04/2021

So glad he's finally going public and taking the fuckers to court. I hope he takes them to the cleaners.

And fuck corporate HR in general. Fucking waste of carbon the lot of them.

by Anonymousreply 105/03/2021

"We realize that some former practices and decisions made in good faith in the past need to be re-examined in light of our engagement toward diversity and inclusion," a CN spokesperson said in a statement.

= they'll cave.

by Anonymousreply 205/03/2021

He needs to find one drop of FN blood in his family tree. Then he wins everything.

by Anonymousreply 305/03/2021

They caved.

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by Anonymousreply 405/04/2021

R4 Well fuck that. They fucked with him for nine years and destroyed his life. He should definitely proceed with the suit anyway because he still has a strong case for punitive damage. The house he lost alone has probably tripled in value. Hell, if he got into the Toronto housing market with the pension nine years ago he would've made millions by now.

by Anonymousreply 505/04/2021

^ plus all the interest made on the pension these past 9 years needs to be paid to him too. Good on him for finely speaking out.

by Anonymousreply 605/04/2021
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