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December 2016 Archives

Canadian Forces members claim race discrimination

A class-action lawsuit is being filed by three former members of the Canadian military who say they were subject to extreme racism in their jobs. Discrimination is highly frowned upon in the armed forces, as most Calgary residents likely know, but this does not mean it has been eradicated. The stories put forward by these three servicepeople seem to corroborate how far the military still has to go in weeding out racism in the ranks. 

Female jail guard a victim of harassment

A Toronto jail guard has filed a grievance against the jail that employed both her and the man she claimed harassed her for nearly a year. Calgary residents might me surprised to hear that even after the woman reported the harassment, her request for a transfer was delayed while the other guard was promoted. As of now, the woman is reaching out to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne for support in her ongoing case. 

Canadian military faces harassment suits

A former sailor with the Canadian navy is bringing charges against the military, according to a news report out of Victoria. Alberta residents may be shocked to hear that the sailor is alleging sexual harassment during her time with the navy. However, ever since a law firm in British Columbia opened a hotline for military personnel to report such incidences, the grim commonality of these incidences has been made clear. 

Firefighter accused of harassment, assault

Even here in Canada, where gender equality in the workplace is a priority, there are still certain workplaces that have proven hostile to women. Alberta residents no doubt agree that firefighting is one such field, where the work is still widely considered the province of men. Regardless of these presumptions, the reality is that workplace harassment of any type continues to be inappropriate and, in some cases, actionable under the law. 


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