Vindication for Federal Nurses

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Three years ago, 431 nurses (95% female) whose job is to determine the eligibility of CPPD applicants, filed a gender discrimination complaint against the Canadian government. The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has now ruled that these “medical adjudicators” who are only designated as “program administrators” are paid only half as much and receive fewer benefits than their “medical advisers” (doctors; 80% male) who “perform a similar job” and are “recognized as health professionals.”

If the 2 groups fail to reach a negotiated settlement within 3 months, the CHRT will determine the compensation which “could reach hundreds of millions of dollars…for lost wages and pain and suffering.”

Links:
2007/12/18 – Ottawa Citizen: Big win for nurses
2007/12/18 – National Post: Federal Nurses Win Pay Equity Battle
2007/12/18 – CBC: Government discriminated against nurses, tribunal finds

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