Transgendered lawyer denied armed forces job

Sex status was only difference between lawyer and other successful candidates, says human rights tribunal
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today

Applicant successful but no job after two years

Born a man, Micheline Montreuil began living as a woman in the 1980s and became known as a lawyer, teacher, writer, radio host and politician in Quebec City. She also became involved in various fights for her rights as a transgendered person.

In 2002, Montreuil applied and successfully interviewed for a position as a grievance officer with the Canadian Forces Board. The board placed her on an eligibility list for when positions became open. However, after two years, she still didn’t have a position, though other candidates with equal qualifications were hired.

The board claimed it didn’t have enough French files to warrant hiring Montreuil, a French-only candidate. However, Montreuil suspected there was more to it and filed a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission that she was discriminated against because of her transgendered status.