A British Columbia health-care provider will have to pay a man nearly $12,000 for refusing to hire him as a health-care worker based on his gender, the province's human rights tribunal has ruled.
Ronald Morrison was turned down for a job at the extended care wing of Mountain Lake Seniors Community in Nelson, B.C. The wing was operated by a company called AdvoCare, which operates several B.C. facilities.
He found work in another wing at Mountain Lake, but lost that job when AdvoCare took over operations of that wing.
The B.C. Human Rights Tribunal found the woman who conducted job interviews at Advocare didn't feel comfortable with Morrison, who is a tall and muscular man. During the time Morrison was applying for work with AdvoCare, only women were hired as residential care aides.
Tribunal member Marlene Tyshynski found Morrison had equal or superior qualifications to others hired at Advocare.
"It is clear Mr. Morrison met the job qualifications as a RCA … Having reviewed the ten application forms of women hired during this period, I find that Mr. Morrison was equal or superior in qualifications … I find that Mr. Morrison has made out a prima facie case of discrimination based on sex ..." Tyshynski wrote in her ruling.
Tyshynski ruled the managers relied on stereotypical gender-related assumptions to deny him a job and awarded him nearly $12,000 for lost wages for his time unemployed, travel expenses and compensation for injury to his dignity.
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