Province's Hiring Practices are Discriminatory

Posted June 28, 2010

The PEI Union of Public Sector Employees (PEI UPSE) is disappointed that the Supreme Court of PEI has upheld the decision to allow “male only” job ads in the Department of Health.  Shelley Ward, President of PEI UPSE, is concerned that the decision could open up the door to further discriminatory hiring practices. 

“Both men and women should be allowed to apply for any job offered within the Department of Health’s Addiction Services division, and the best qualified applicant should receive the job. Designating jobs as ‘male or female only’ is discrimination and allows the employer to hire less qualified candidates than may be available otherwise,” says President Ward.      

“The province could now try to justify hiring ‘males or females only’ for just about any job they design their policy to fit,” asserts Ward.  “The principle of fairness is in jeopardy and the door to discrimination is now wide open.”        

The PEI Union of Public Sector Employees is exploring its legal options to appeal the Supreme Court’s decision.  

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