Hiring discrimination - A FEMALE TRUCK DRIVER WINS HER CASE

MONTREAL, Feb. 21, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - Following a complaint before the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse, the Québec Human Rights Tribunal has ordered a Montreal-area trucking company to pay $10,000 to a female truck driver who was a victim of hiring discrimination.

In February 2008, the woman filed a complaint with the Commission when the owner of of Laurentian Shavings Products Inc. and Lanjay Peat Moss Inc., Bernard Wolinsky, refused to consider her candidacy for a truck driver' job.

According to the evidence of the Tribunal, he told her: "We don't take women here. It's very difficult for a woman to remove the snow from the roof of the trailers." Moreover he told a Commission investigator who notified him of the complaint: "I don't hire women, it is my prerogative."

In its ruling, the Tribunal found that the Commission put forward preponderant evidence that Mr. Wolinsky had refused to consider the complainant's application because she was a woman and that her right to be treated with equality and dignity had been compromised. She was awarded $7,000 in moral damages and $3,000 in punitive damages.

Answering a classified advertisement, the woman, who was collecting employment insurance at the time, went to the companies' Carignan office to drop off her curriculum vitae. As she was shown into Mr. Wolinsky's office, he told her that he didn't hire women and did not interview her. The complainant had obtained her Class 1 driver's permit in 2003 and had five years experience working part-time for a number of transportation agencies.

The president of the Commission Gaétan Cousineau said that, 52 files of sex discrimination were opened in 2009-2010 of which 35 related to employment and several involved women's access to non-traditional jobs. He added that the Commission has also turned to the courts in cases of systemic discrimination involving the hiring of women in non-traditional positions.

Contact :   

Patricia Poirier
(514) 873-5146 or 1 800 361-6477 ext. 358
patricia.poirier@cdpdj.qc.ca

SOURCE Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse

For further information:

Patricia Poirier
(514) 873-5146 or 1 800 361-6477 ext. 358
patricia.poirier@cdpdj.qc.ca

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