CN offers pension to widower after allegations of LGBT discrimination
A man from Harbor Grace won the fight to gain access to his late partner’s railroad boarding house.
Ken Haire received a letter of offer from CN on Tuesday evening. He recognizes Haire as Gerry Schwarz’s common-law partner and grants him the survivor’s pension for the rest of his life. It also includes a lump sum for missed payments in the nine years since Schwarz’s death.
Haire shared his story with CBC News on Monday, explaining how CN rejected his request for a survivor’s pension because it did not recognize same-sex relationships when Schwarz retired in 1991.
A CN spokesperson said the company would provide comments on Wednesday morning. The company previously said a review was underway to examine how its policies affected LGBT employees who retired before their relationships were officially recognized in the pension plan.