Employer ordered to pay $1,000 to student

B.C. Human Rights Tribunal orders company to immediately end hiring policy that favours children of employees
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 10/08/2002

Employers who give preference to students who are children of staff when it comes to filling summer jobs might have to rethink that process in the wake of a recent decision by a provincial tribunal.

The B.C. Human Rights Tribunal has ordered a pulp and paper company to pay a student $1,000 because it had a policy that favoured the children of employees.

The tribunal ruled the West Fraser Timber Company, doing business as Eurocan, discriminated against Rachel Thomson, a student at the University of Victoria, because she lacked family connections with the company. The money was “compensation for injury to dignity, feelings and self-respect.”