Unequal lower-level pay OK if top levels equal: Court

It’s the top salaries of comparable classes of jobs that matter, not how long it takes to get there
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 10/03/2012

Two Ontario employers are permitted to have employees in a mostly male job class advance up the pay scale more quickly than those in a female job class, as long as the top salaries are equal once they get there, the Ontario Divisional Court has ruled.

Lakeridge Health Corporation, an organization that runs several Ontario hospitals, had a unit of clerical employees who were mostly female, while its service employees were mostly male. As part of a pay equity evaluation, various job classes in the clerical unit were deemed to be comparable to those in the service unit and, under pay equity legislation, were required to have equal job rates.

Longer for female job class to reach top pay rate