FREDERICTON - Retired civil servants are taking the New Brunswick government to court alleging changes to their pension plan violate the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Toronto-based law firm Koskie Minsky says it has filed a legal challenge on behalf of more than 13,000 pensioners who used to work for the provincial government.
Under legislation passed last December, the firm says the retirees' pension plan is no longer automatically indexed to the cost of living as was previously the case.
In a statement, the firm says the change discriminates against "vulnerable" pensioners on the basis of their age, and violates each pensioner's right to life and security of their person under the charter.
A spokesman for the provincial government could not immediately be reached for comment.