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Foreign Language Requirements Listed in Job Ad ≠ Ethnicity Discrimination

“- Ability to construct convincing presentation in both English and Japanese.”

This line from a job ad was discrimination based on ancestry, citizenship, colour, place of origin and ethnic origin designed to discourage English- and French-speaking applicants. At least, that’s what one job applicant argued. But the Human Rights Tribunal found it “plain and obvious” that his theory was wrong and tossed the complaint without a trial. “The mere fact that the requirements of a job require facility in a language other than the two official languages in Canada, is not evidence of discrimination,” it noted [ Asghar v. IKO Thompson Bearings Canada Inc., 2018 HRTO 348 (CanLII), March 20, 2018].

Bongarde Editorial

Bongarde Editorial

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