Quebec aerospace worker alleges discrimination due to U.S. rule

U.S. government bans workers from certain countries from working on defence contracts
By Uyen Vu
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/08/2007

A Venezuelan-born aerospace worker has launched a human rights complaint, alleging he was turned down for a job in Quebec due to security rules set out by the United States.

Jaime Vargas, 52, and a father of four, said he was on an internship when the Americans added Venezuela to its list of countries whose citizens are banned from working on U.S. military contracts, as set out by the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).

There are now more than 20 countries on the list, including China, Cuba, Haiti and Vietnam.