Feds discriminated against nurses

Tribunal finds doctors, nurses did same job but paid differently
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/21/2008

More than 400 nurses working as medical adjudicators for the federal government were discriminated against because of their sex, a Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has found.

For 35 years, nurses, mostly women, have worked alongside doctors, mostly men, adjudicating disability claims under the Canada Pension Plan. The tribunal heard evidence from the nurses and doctors that both groups do the same work, yet the doctors are paid twice as much.

The government classifies the nurses as program administrators and the doctors as health professionals. This difference means doctors receive better compensation, benefits, training, professional recognition and opportunities for advancement.