Assessment of foreign worker’s credentials discriminatory

Certification authority for Alberta engineers created obstacles for international candidates: Tribunal
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 04/02/2014

Human rights legislation outlines protected grounds such as race, colour, gender, place of origin and religion, among others. And much of what can constitute discrimination is obvious for employers and other organizations relating to employment.

However, sometimes discrimination is not as obvious and what an employer might believe are legitimate standards for everyone are in fact discriminatory against certain groups.

While some employers may believe they are doing what they can to accommodate individuals who are subject to protection under human rights legislation, sometimes the line of undue hardship isn’t quite what they though. This can also apply not only to employers, but also to professional organizations responsible for assessing the credentials of applicants for professional certification — especially when those applicants come from outside Canada.