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A Canadian father has been accused of violating the human rights of his province by asking a future babysitter about his gender and age, according to legal documents (file photo)

A Canadian father has been accused of violating his province's human rights law by questioning a potential babysitter about his gender and age, according to court documents.

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The father of two, identified only as & # 39; Todd F. & # 39 ;, is being investigated by the Alberta Human Rights Commission after a complaint was filed against him in 2017 by the babysitter, James Crynowski.

Todd placed an ad on Kijiji.com, a popular classified Canadian ad site, where he sought a & nanny for Friday night, September 1, & # 39; saw for his two sons, then five and eight, when he was planning to meet a friend for dinner.

According to legal documents, Todd received several responses to the placement and among them was Crynowski & # 39; s, who listed skills such as CPR, first aid, a clean criminal record and seven years of experience in childcare.

A Canadian father has been accused of violating the human rights of his province by asking a future babysitter about his gender and age, according to legal documents (file photo)

A Canadian father has been accused of violating his province's human rights law by questioning a potential babysitter about his gender and age, according to court documents (file photo)

According to legal documents, Todd received several responses to the placement and among them was Crynowski, who listed skills such as CPR, first aid, a clean criminal record and seven years of experience in childcare

According to legal documents, Todd received several responses to the placement and among them was Crynowski, who listed skills such as CPR, first aid, a clean criminal record and seven years of experience in childcare

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According to legal documents, Todd received several responses to the placement and among them was Crynowski & # 39; s, who listed skills such as CPR, first aid, a clean criminal record and seven years of experience in childcare

Todd responded to Crynowski with some basic questions and asked him where he lived, how old he was and whether he was male or female.

& # 39; Hello, I live in Edmonton. I am a man and 28 years old, & Crynaski replied, but received no further answers from Todd.

According to his legal adviser, Todd's dinner plans went through and he no longer needed a sitter, so he felt the need to continue the interaction.

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

"There have been many sleepless nights," Todd said in a statement to the Edmonton Journal on Saturday. "I did not know that people could object that I would find all relevant information about a potential babysitter, including their age and gender. I thought I did what was best for my young children. & # 39;

Todd responded to Crynowski with some basic questions and asked him where he lived, how old he was and whether he was male or female. Hello, I live in Edmonton. I am a man and 28 years old, Crynowski replied, but received no further answers from Todd.

Todd responded to Crynowski with some basic questions and asked him where he lived, how old he was and whether he was male or female. Hello, I live in Edmonton. I am a man and 28 years old, Crynowski replied, but received no further answers from Todd.

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Todd responded to Crynowski with some basic questions and asked him where he lived, how old he was and whether he was male or female. & # 39; Hello, I live in Edmonton. I am a man and 28 years old, & Crynaski replied, but received no further answers from Todd.

According to his legal adviser, Todd's dinner plans fell through and he no longer needed a babysitter, so he felt the need to continue the interaction (file photo)

According to his legal adviser, Todd's dinner plans fell through and he no longer needed a babysitter, so he felt the need to continue the interaction (file photo)

According to his legal adviser, Todd's dinner plans were canceled and he no longer needed a babysitter, so he felt the need to continue the interaction (file photo)

Todd, who is self-employed, said that he rarely uses babysitters and in the light of Crynowski's complaint it is unlikely that he will use another one.

"Just trying to learn enough about a potential new nanny can put me in trouble and I have to make sure my children are safe," he added.

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The Justice Center for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF), a Canadian conservative legal interest organization specializing in Canadian constitutional law, represents Todd pro-bono and sent a letter to the committee on Monday to have the complaint rejected.

"Thwarting parents from even asking about the gender or age of a babysitter is not consistent with giving" utmost respect "to parents' preferences regarding a babysitter for their children," the letter said. "It is also inconsistent with the fact that both gender and age can be bona fide professional requirements in this regard."

The committee did not reject the case from Friday.

Todd, whose sons were then five and eight, placed an advertisement on Kijiji.com

Todd, whose sons were then five and eight, placed an advertisement on Kijiji.com

JCCF President John Carpay said that parents should be able to hire anyone they consider suitable to look after their children

JCCF President John Carpay said that parents should be able to hire anyone they consider suitable to look after their children

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Todd, whose sons were then five and eight, placed an advertisement on Kijiji.com. JCCF President John Carpay said that parents should be able to hire anyone they consider suitable to look after their children

This is also not the first time Crynowski has made such a claim. In a similar case on May 23, 2014, he tried to claim discrimination in relation to the advertisement of a mother looking for a babysitter for her five-year-old son.

When Crynowski replied to the advertisement, he was told that the woman was looking for a female babysitter.

He filed the complaint two days later and the case went all the way to the Canadian Supreme Court until it was rejected in May this year.

JCCF President John Carpay said that parents should be able to hire anyone they consider suitable to look after their children.

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"The parents must have complete discretion," he said. "If it's for a service at home, you need to feel comfortable when someone enters your home."

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

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