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CN offers pension to widower after claims of LGBT discrimination

A Harbour Grace man has won the fight to get access to his late partner’s railway pension.

Ken Haire received an offer letter from CN on Tuesday evening. It recognizes Haire as the common law spouse of Gerry Schwarz and grants him the survivor pension for the rest of his life. It also includes a lump sum for missed payments in the nine years since Schwarz passed away.

Haire shared his story with CBC News on Monday, explaining how CN rejected his claim to the survivor pension because it did not recognize same-sex relationships when Schwarz retired in 1991.

A spokesperson for CN said the company would provide comment Wednesday morning. The company had previously said a review is underway to examine how its policies affected LGBT employees that retired before their relationships were formally recognized in the pension plan.

More to come.

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Bourbiza Mohamed. Writer and Political Discourse Analysis.

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