An employer refuses to hire me

An employer refuses to hire me

An employer cannot refuse to hire you because of your union membership or because of a personal characteristic. For example:

  • You learn that an employer didn’t hire you because of pressure from a union in the region.
  • An employer says that he cannot hire you on a job site because you have children.
  • An employer tells you that they no longer hire women on their job sites because it creates too many problems.

This kind of conduct has no place on a job site or anywhere else in your work environment.

The law protects you

You have the right to be treated the same way as other workers when job hunting.

An employer cannot refuse to hire you because of your union membership or a personal characteristic.

  • An employer refuses to hire me because of my union membership

    An employer cannot refuse to hire you because you are a member of a particular union. For example, you learn that you were not hired for a job site because the company only hires members of a certain union.

    If you believe that an employer has not hired you because of your union membership, you can file a complaint with one of the following organizations or both:

  • An employer refuses to hire me because of a personal characteristic

    An employer cannot refuse to hire you on a job site because of a personal characteristic.

    It is considered hiring discrimination if an employer’s refusal to hire you is based on your:

    • Age
    • Social condition
    • Political beliefs
    • Civil status
    • Pregnancy
    • Handicap or method used to cope with a handicap
    • Gender identity or gender expression
    • Language
    • Sexual orientation
    • Race, colour and ethnic or national origin
    • Religion
    • Gender

    See the website of the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse (CDPDJ) for a definition of each of the motives for discrimination.

    For example, an employer cannot refuse to hire you because you’re a homosexual male, because you were born in another country, or because you’re a woman.

    You can file a complaint with the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse (CDPDJ) if you believe that you have been a victim of hiring discrimination.

Guidance service (discrimination, intimidation, and harassment) – People from diverse communities 

To support the inclusion of people from underrepresented groups – women, people with handicaps, immigrants, visible minorities, First Nations people, and Inuit – the CCQ offers a dedicated and confidential guidance service for people who have witnessed or suffered discrimination, intimidation, and harassment against diversity, for the benefit of all, in accordance with the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms. 

Call 1 833-333-8003
signalement.DIH@ccq.org

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