Canadian dad cancelled the babysitter when he found out it was a man; now being sued for breaching babysitter’s human rights

From Daily Mail: A single Canadian father has been accused of violating his province’s human rights act by questioning a prospective babysitter about his gender and age, according to court documents.

The father-of-two, identified only as ‘Todd F.’, is being investigated by the Alberta Human Rights Commission after a complaint was filed against him in 2017 by the babysitter, James Crynowski.

Todd posted an advertisement on Kijiji.com, a popular classified Canadian ad site, seeking a ‘babysitter wanted for evening Friday September 1’ for his two sons, then five and eight, as he was planning to meet a friend for dinner.

According to legal documents, Todd received several responses to the posting and among them was Crynowski’s, who listed skills such as CPR, first aid, a clean criminal record and seven years experience of caring for children.

Todd responded to Crynowski with a series of basic questions, asking him where he lived, how old he was, and if he was male or female.

‘Hi, I live in Edmonton. I’m male and 28 years old,’ Crynowski replied, but received no further responses from Todd.

According to his legal counsel, Todd’s dinner plans fell through and he no longer required a sitter, so felt no need to continue the interaction.

Instead of following up with Todd, Crynowski instead filed a formal complaint with the Alberta Human Rights Commission on September 1, claiming to have been discriminated because of his age and gender.

‘There have been many sleepless nights,’ Todd said in a statement to the Edmonton Journal Saturday. ‘I did not realize that people could object to me finding out all the relevant information I can about a potential babysitter, including their age and sex. I thought I was doing what was best for my young children.’

Todd, who is self-employed, said he rarely uses babysitters and in light of Crynowski’s complaint, he’s unlikely to use one again. ‘Just trying to learn enough about a potential new babysitter can get me in trouble and I need to ensure that my children are safe,’ he added.

The Justice Center for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF), a Canadian conservative legal advocacy organization specializing in Canadian constitutional law, is representing Todd on a pro-bono basis and sent a letter to the commission on Monday to have the complaint dismissed.

‘Thwarting parents from even inquiring about a babysitter’s gender or age is inconsistent with giving ‘utmost deference’ to parents’ preferences concerning a babysitter for their children,’ the letter said. ‘It is also inconsistent with the fact that both gender and age may each be bona fide occupational requirements in this context.’

As of Friday, the commission has not dismissed the case.

This is also not the first time Crynowski has filed such a claim. In a similar case back on May 23, 2014, he attempted to claim discrimination in relation to a mother’s advertisement seeking a babysitter for her five-year-old son.

When Crynowski replied to the ad, he was told that the woman was looking for a female sitter. He filed the complaint two days later, and the case went all the way to the Canadian Supreme Court until it was dismissed in May this year.

JCCF president John Carpay said parents need to be able to hire whoever they feel is appropriate to babysit their children. ‘The parents should have full discretion,’ he said. ‘If it is for a service in the home, you have to feel comfortable with a person coming into your home.’

He added: ‘It is unclear why the Human Rights Commission has now accepted Mr. Crynowski’s complaint against Todd, giving the precedent set by the test case.’

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Dr. Eowyn
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Like the UK, Canada is farther down the ruinous road of “progressivism” , but don’t doubt that this travesty is coming to the U.S.

Alma
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Alma

If I’m going to hire a sitter I want to know all about him or her coming to my house and caring for my small children. I am paying so it is up to me whether I change my mind or not; there was no contract and regardless of the sitter’s complaint and the Human Rights Commission decision, they can kiss my a@@ and go t’hell. See ya’ll in court.

William
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William

Apparently a parent, especially a father (such a quaint concept), isn’t qualified to judge the fitness of a prospective baysitter in Canada. Only the benevolent State is qualified to do that. The State sees all and knows all. Seriously, this is insane

Lana
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Lana

Yes perfectly insane. When I was a young mother I had a grown man offer to babysit my kids- no thanks. Sorry. Most normal men just are not interested in being with kids unless they are their own or it involves coaching which is fine. I had a nephew molested by a male babysitter. IMO any parent is an idiot to leave young kids with a male babysitter. I didn’t leave my kids with a female babysitter until they were well old enough to report back to me how the sitter conducted themselves while I was gone. Fortunately we had… Read more »

Trev
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Trev

Sweeping generalisation, eh? What about a family member you trust?

Lana
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Lana

Yes I would hire a male family member that I trust. But other wise I hardly find it a sweeping generalization. I am not on board with the demonization of men- far from it. I love men and think the whole me- too thing is BS. HOWEVER, when it comes to my kids or grandkids and hiring a male that I know nothing about except what he decides to tell me, I believe one is laying themselves open for anything. It may be good, and it may not be. But the welfare of my kids is not worth hoping for… Read more »

YouKnowWho
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YouKnowWho

Looks like this guy thinks he can do better filing complaints and lawsuits than he does babysitting. Maybe he’s not a pervert. Maybe? You can’t take chances with your children. Period.

Mad Celt
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Mad Celt

Canadian! That Dad is goung to get eaten alive!

Dave
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Well, Canada tried to throw Mark Stein in the slammer for daring to be critical of flea-infested camel-washers.

Canada sucks.