Transsexual wins case against bank

Canadian Human Rights Tribunal says National Bank of Canada was guilty of sex discrimination when it didn’t hire a Quebec woman who used to be a man
By Todd Humber
|Canadian Employment Law Today

A Quebec transsexual has won her case against the National Bank of Canada after it refused to hire her as a call-centre worker.

The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruled the bank discriminated against Micheline Montreuil when it refused to hire her at its Montreal call centre because it feared she would use the position to act as an ambassador for the transgendered in the workplace.

Montreuil lived most of her public life as a man under the name of Pierre Montreuil. That changed in 1997 when she said she was dismissed from her job as a teacher in Quebec City after being spotted at a shopping mall dressed as woman. At that point she decided to ditch her male identity, become a woman and move to Montreal.