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Ontario Court Rules Equality For Some

Ontario Court Rules Equality For Some

A court in Ontario has declared that differing pay scales for men and women are fine as long as they level out at the high end. The Divisional Court was hearing a case between two companies, Lakeridge Health Corp., and York Region District School Board and their union, which had asked for the different rates of progression.

The court was unmoved by the fact that with the rates of progression, women will have to work longer to achieve the top levels of pay at which they will receive equal pay for work of equal value. The panel of judges declared that the Pay Equity Act “does not contemplate the elimination of all discrepancies between comparably valued male and female job classes.”

According to the Canadian Union of Public Employees, women have to work three years to earn the higher pay grade while men can generally do it in one year. The lawyer for the union, a specialist in pay equity, called the decision outrageous. The court did acknowledge that the Pay Equity Act is vulnerable to a challenge under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which guarantees equality under the law and freedom from discrimination based on sex.

The Union has not yet said whether they will continue with the case or take a Charter Challenge to the courts, but it is clear that something must be done to fix the disparity and ensure the Pay Equity Act is being respected. If anything it is almost more important that the lower levels of a pay scale are more equal, because women and children living in poverty is a major issue in this country.

In 2007, the average income of a Canadian woman was $29,200 compared to $44,400 for a man. That year, 1.5 million women were living below the poverty line. More than 1 in 7 Canadian children lives in poverty. Among single mothers, 52.1 percent with children under the age of six live below the poverty line.

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10:25AM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

Better challenge it on the Charter really quick. With the sharp turn to the tea-party right, Harper will be dismantling any further protection for the environment and the 99% as soon as he gets C-38 rammed though. Meanwhile he is unleashing an army of lawyers to head off court challenges that could prove that his party's "election" resulted from ballot stuffing and illegal robocalls. Expect him to find a way to "clean up the election rolls" between now and the next election. After all, he is following the Repug script all the way.

5:01PM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

Come on Canada, you're better than this aren't you??????????????

4:36PM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

What is in the end?? Like when she drops dead on the job because she is 100? When he had retired at 60??

2:24PM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

Keerist! What the hell is it with our good friends. I thought they were alittle bit more civilized than we were. Turns out I am wrong.

11:57AM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

SOUNDS LIKE THE GOOD OLD USA.

11:36AM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

Sounds like more BS to me!

11:17AM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

It's horruble that women have to work three years to earn a pay raise while men do not. Come on, Canada, get with the proram!

10:16AM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

ty

9:30AM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

Canadians are on par with Americans on a lot of things. We are almost one big happy country: "Canamerica". Harper is a republican wanna-be. He is the problem today. Trying to ram-rod his ideas down our throats and killing the nation as he goes about his merry way, not allowing any outside influence to change his direction. He's on a mission. He's just not telling us what that mission is. I guess it's a need-to-know kind of thing. :( Trust a politician to do what's right for you...
Men have always been more equal than women, if that makes any sense. Any country in the world will show you that!!
Women are a sub species that should be left in the kitchen, barefoot and pregnant. How dare they try to come out into a man's world and expect equality! Well if some men would own up to responsibility of getting women pregnant and leaving them high and dry so the women have to work to raise their child then we wouldn't need this conversation. There are a lot of single moms out there just eking by while their male counterparts are making more money because they are the breadwinner of the family and need more money to feed the family. HUH??? That worked 100 years ago. It doesn't fly these days.

9:20AM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

You're right Teddie S. If they're not doing well, things really suck.

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