Discrimination

November 9, 2017
In a recent adjudication decision, Diane Legros, a PSAC member who worked for Canada Border Services Agency, was awarded $25,000 in damages because her employer discriminated against her based on her age.
October 20, 2017
The Public Service Alliance of Canada is deeply concerned with the passing of Bill 62, the “Act to foster adherence to State religious neutrality”, by the Quebec National Assembly. The legislation bans provincial and municipal public service workers, as well as those who receive these public services, from wearing face coverings. Although the Quebec government argues this legislation does not intend to target any specific religion, in reality, it will disproportionately impact Muslim women who wear a face veil, such as the niqab.
June 14, 2017
The latest results of the annual survey of the public service show a disturbing rise in workplace harassment and a significant rate of workplace stress.
May 2, 2017
PSAC’s 2017 National Equity Conference was held last March in Toronto, where delegates from five equity groups held workshops, passed resolution and elected delegates to PSAC’s Triennial Convention. Here are some photos from the event. For more photos from the conference, please visit our Flickr gallery.  
March 20, 2017
March 21 is designated by the United Nations to mark the importance of ending racial discrimination around the world.
January 30, 2017
PSAC extends its condolences to the victims of yesterday’s hateful attack on a Quebec mosque, and their families. Increasingly, Muslims are targets of violence and hatred, with a rise in the number of verbal and physical attacks against Muslims over the last few years. Anti-Muslim rhetoric, policies and actions can create a hostile environment that makes such attacks more likely.
January 30, 2017
PSAC stands against the recent Executive Order issued by U.S. President Trump, which temporarily halts all resettlement of refugees to the U.S. and bans nationals of seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S.  We call on the Canadian government and on all Canadians to stand up against this measure, which impacts refugees, temporary residents, and immigrants, based solely on where people come from and on their religion. This is blatant racial discrimination and Islamophobia.
November 30, 2016
PSAC is pleased to announce that we are working with the federal government on a newly created Joint Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion.
November 18, 2016
PSAC is thrilled that the House of Commons adopted a bill that will enshrine trans rights into Canadian law. The bill was passed at Third Reading, but will still need to go through the Senate. Bill C-16 adds gender identity and gender expression as prohibited grounds of discrimination under the Canadian Human Rights Act. It also adds gender identity and gender expression to the list of distinguishing characteristics of “identifiable groups” protected by the hate speech provisions in the Criminal Code.
September 23, 2016
Workers should not be penalized for taking time off work for things that are out of their control, such as illness or family emergencies. This is what an adjudicator ruled in the case of eight PSAC members who were penalized after being absent for family and disability-related matters. The decision found that Correctional Service Canada’s attendance management program discriminated against employees on the basis of family status and disability.

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