Patience pays off in pay equity lawsuit (Legal view)

Alberta woman awarded $650K after 19-year struggle with oil company
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/04/2010

An Alberta woman has been awarded $650,000 for discrimination she suffered under the province’s equal pay legislation. But it’s much less than she’d been hoping for after a 19-year legal battle with her former employer.

Delorie Walsh, 53, was hired by Canadian Superior Oil in September 1984 as a junior map clerk. She had her sights set on becoming the first female land agent for the company and wanted to get her foot in the door and gain relevant experience. Over the next two years, two land agent positions became available but, in each case, a man who had been with the company for less time than her was hired.

Resistance to employee’s aspirations