Bell loses a battle in pay-equity war

Important ruling could have far-reaching implications for Canada's human rights process
||Last Updated: 04/08/2003

Bell has lost an important fight in its multi-million dollar court battle over pay equity for its operators and clerical staff.

The Federal Court of Canada’s appeal ruling overturned a decision from last fall that said Bell couldn’t get a fair hearing at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. The decision dismissed Bell’s objections, ruling that the tribunal is independent and impartial.

The ruling could have far-reaching implications for Canada’s human-rights process. It has already affected other cases which have been on hold pending the decision, including a case involving the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) and Canada Post Corporation, and another involving PSAC and the Government of the NorthWest Territories.