Complaint to the UN of black civil servants discriminated against by Ottawa
Nicolas Marcus Thompson, the director of the black class action lawsuit, blames the federal government for denying black public servants opportunities and benefits, and denying black workers the chance to argue them in court. /p>
A group of black federal public servants files a complaint with the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism for the United Nations Human Rights Council, accusing the Canadian government of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and abuse. #x27;intolerance.
In a September 28 dispatch, The Canadian Press erroneously wrote that a group of African-Canadian public servants had filed a complaint against the federal government at the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. In fact, the complaint was instead filed with the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism for the United Nations Human Rights Council.
The leader of the New Democratic Party (NDP), Jagmeet Singh, and Amnesty International Canada support this most recent action by black civil servants, who had already filed a class action petition against the federal government in 2020. In this petition, they denounced systemic discrimination in the way the government hires new civil servants and grants promotions.
It has become clear that the federal government is not acting in good faith on the matter, said Nicholas Marcus Thompson, director of the black class action lawsuit behind the lawsuit. The reason we are raising this issue is that Canada continues to drag its feet, to use its vast resources to deny black workers the chance to have this in court, he said. .
“Black Canadians will be waiting a very long time for justice in Canada, so we have turned to the international community to stand up Canada responsible for its international obligations.
— Nicholas Marcus Thompson, Director of the Black Class Action Agency
Mona Fortier, President of the Treasury Board, is scheduled to meet with Mr. Thompson this week. In a written statement, she acknowledged that far too many Black Canadians still face discrimination and hatred.
The government is actively working to address harms and create a diverse and inclusive public service, free from harassment and discrimination, she argued.
“We have passed laws, created support and development programs and published disaggregated data, but we know there is still a lot to do.
— Mona Fortier, President of the Treasury Board
In the application for Federal Court leave to institute a class action, the group alleges that some 30,000 black public servants have since the 1970s lost opportunities for advancement and benefits granted to others based on their group identity.
The group would seek damages to compensate black public servants for the mental and economic hardship they faced. The plaintiffs also call for a plan to finally diversify the federal workforce and remove barriers that even employment equity laws have failed to remove. so far.
MM. Singh and Thompson, in particular, claim that the federal government is deliberately dragging its feet in the courts.
“This Liberal government keeps saying one thing to black Canadians and then ultimately doing another”
— Jagmeet Singh, leader of the New Democratic Party
Ms. Fortier, for her part, assures that Ottawa will respect the timetable of the Federal Court in this file.
< p class="e-p">Ketty Nivyabandi, Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada, believes that by failing to address systemic racism, Ottawa is violating its international human rights commitments, including the right to non-discrimination.
Under international law, Canada has a positive obligation to combat discrimination, she said. This means that Canada must take special and concrete measures to eliminate discrimination in employment.