UPEI ordered to rehire forced-to-retire employees

June 8, 2010

Following up on its ruling in February that the University of Prince Edward Island's mandatory retirement policy is discriminatory, the PEI Human Rights Commission has ordered the university to reinstate 3 employees who were forced to retire in 2005, and cease its policy of mandatory retirement. The total cost for UPEI to implement the order will exceed $1 million, which is double the increase to its government operating grant for the main campus in 2010-11. In a statement, UPEI says in light of this financial challenge, "restrictions on hiring and on discretionary expenditures are anticipated." The university is appealing the commission's February ruling through the PEI Supreme Court. The case is ongoing. UPEI Statement | Charlottetown Guardian | CBC