Tribunal says woman can't take bereavement leave for her cat

A Quebec labour tribunal has sided with an employer who refused a woman's request to work from home on the day her cat died.
   
Chantal Dumais filed a complaint alleging she was forced to leave her job in 2015 due to various incidents of alleged psychological harassment.
   
She says in an interview one example was when she wasn't paid after staying home from the office one day after the sudden death of her cat, Juliette.

Dumais told her employer she was too upset to come to work after finding her beloved pet dead, but says she still made calls from home.

Court documents state the Montreal-area resident left the job a short time later, soon after learning she had not been paid for the day in question.

But the tribunal ruled that nothing in Quebec's labour laws permits a salaried employee to miss work following the death of a pet.