Twenty eight years ago one woman noticed that she was getting paid less than a man doing a similar job to her. She quite rightly complained to her union. The union did some research and realized hundreds of women throughout the corporation (Canada Post) were getting paid less than men. Because Canada Post refused to compensate women fairly, the union decided to sue. Both sides hired high-powered lawyers and they engaged in litigation for 28 years. The union won at the tribunal level then lost at the provincial court. The union lost again at the Court of Appeal but ultimately won last week at the Supreme Court of Canada. Sadly it took 28 years for Canada Post to admit that they owed women fair pay.
And sadly it took the highest court in Canada to point out the obvious: women deserve to be paid fairly. A win I suppose but at such a cost. (Source: Postmedia News)