Overqualified jobseeker wins discrimination case

Tribunal says recruiting practice more likely to affect immigrants
By Uyen Vu
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/04/2007

An environmental scientist from India who was rejected for an entry-level job in his field has succeeded in challenging the common HR practice of rejecting overqualified applicants.

Gian Sangha’s victory at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal signals to recruiters and human resource professionals that they had better be careful about rejecting job candidates they think are overqualified.

“When an employer… adopts a rule against the hiring of overqualified candidates, it may appear to be ‘neutral’ in that it applies equally to all overqualified candidates (immigrant and native-born),” wrote tribunal chair Grant Sinclair.