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    What is Employment Equity and Is It Discrimination?

    Employment equity, known as ‘affirmative action’ in the United States, is a term that is often misunderstood. We wanted to take some time to explain what employment equity really means and discuss its current status in Canada. What is employment equity? Many people refer to employment equity as an ideal that workplaces should strive towards. […]

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    What counts as workplace sexual harassment?

    Sexual harassment is unfortunately one of the biggest workplace issues faced by workers every single day. In fact, roughly 22% of Canadians have experienced sexual harassment in their place of work. But it isn’t always as easy to identify as it may seem. Sexual harassment takes many different forms, but regardless of its form, it […]

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    How tipping is hurting workers in the restaurant industry

    The restaurant industry is full of sexual harassment occurrences, but it wasn’t until the #MeToo movement that this was really brought to the surface. More and more restaurant workers seem to be coming forward with stories that indicate sexual harassment has become ‘part of the job.’ Here’s how the current tipping climate is harming workers […]

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    Are you the only woman on your team? Here’s what you should know

    There’s no doubt that there are still many industries dominated by men. In fact, in the transportation and warehousing industry, the ratio of male to female workers stands at 5 to 1 in Canada. And in the construction industry, the ratio is 10 to 1 (Catalyst). If you’re a woman working in an industry similar […]

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    How to Stand Up Against Workplace Discrimination

    It’s a sad but true fact that discrimination is a common occurrence experienced by many. Whether because of race, gender, disabilities or sexuality, people within marginalized groups often face discrimination on both a personal and professional level. It’s hardly unusual for women to be discriminated against in their place of work, being seen as unqualified […]

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    LGBTQ Rights in the Workplace

    *Note: The term LGBTQ is a shortened version of the acronym LGBTTQQIAAP. This stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, ally and pansexual. Workplace discrimination is a reality that many people face based on age, gender and race; unfortunately, the list doesn’t end there. LGBTQ workers face ongoing discrimination based on […]

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    Women’s rights in the workplace

    The battle for gender equality in the workplace has a long history, and is ongoing. Unions have played an important part in this fight for over a century. Canadian unions have not only been fighting for equal pay for decades, but also spearheaded the movement towards paid maternity leave, which led to greater triumphs in […]

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    Exploring a life before unions

    Picture this: you wake up at the crack of dawn to arrive at work by 6 a.m.. You then proceed to work until 6 or 7 p.m. without any break, only to bring home $2.00 at the end of the day. Now repeat this process 7 days a week. No weekends, no vacation, just hard […]

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    The Gender Wage Gap in Canada- Facts The gender wage gap is the difference in earnings between women and men in the workplace for doing the exact same job. Did you know that in Canada a woman makes 72 cents to every dollar that her male counterpart makes when comparing both full time and part […]

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