NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and Amnesty International Canada are supporting this latest action from workers who filed a class-action lawsuit against the federal government in 2020 alleging systemic discrimination in how it hires and promotes public servants.
The lawsuit filed in Federal Court on behalf of more than 45,000 Black civil servants alleges they have lost out on “opportunities and benefits afforded to others based on their race” going back to the 1970s.
The statement of claim says the lawsuit is seeking damages to compensate Black public servants for the mental and economic hardships they faced.
The workers are also asking for a plan to finally diversify the federal labour force and eliminate barriers that even employment equity laws have been unable to remove.
They say the decision to elevate the issue to the international human rights body is because the federal government is purposefully creating delays in the court process.
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