Parliament not exempt from human rights

Supreme Court says human rights legislation applies to staff on Parliament Hill
|Canadian Employment Law Today

Employees on Parliament Hill enjoy the same human rights protection as employees across the country, the Supreme Court of Canada said in a recent decision.

The decision involved Satnam Vaid, who worked as a chauffeur to successive Speakers of the House of Commons between 1984 and 1994. He was terminated on Jan. 11, 1995, because he refused to assume new duties under a changed job description and refused alternative employment.

He grieved the termination, and was awarded his job back. But the chauffeur position was ultimately declared surplus. Vaid filed a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission alleging former Speaker of the House Gilbert Parent, and the House of Commons, had discriminated against him on the basis of race.