Teachers’ college discriminated against refugee

Colllege failed to accommodate Iranian teacher
By Uyen Vu
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/06/2007

The Ontario College of Teachers discriminated against a former teacher from Iran when it denied her a teacher’s certificate because she couldn’t provide original documentation proving her experience, a court ruled.

By insisting on original documentation, the college’s registration appeals committee failed to appreciate its obligation to provide individual accommodation, an Ontario Superior Court said.

Fatima Siadat had taught for 16 years in Iran before she fled in 1990. When teaching high school-level literature classes, she had made comments about the right of authors to freedom of expression. That led to harassment by Iran’s department of education, loss of employment and threats on her life, the court heard.