White Males Need Not Apply

Reverse Discrimination in the workplace



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Wed, February 23, 2005

Critics slam hiring policy

Corrections Canada bars Caucasian job seekers

OTTAWA -- Critics are calling it "craziness" that the Correctional Service of Canada is disqualifying candidates for parole officer jobs because they're white. An Ontario job seeker received a rejection letter recently advising that only Aboriginals and visible minorities need apply.


Help wanted: Must
not be white, male

Federal department official
e-mails ban on Caucasians

Posted: November 19, 2005
5:40 p.m. Eastern


 2005 WorldNetDaily.com

Able-bodied white men seeking a career in Canada's Department of Public Works had best wait awhile before submitting their resumes the deputy minister of the federal agency has instructed managers to temporarily hire only visible minorities, women, aboriginals and the disabled.

David Marshall yesterday ordered that his edict banning hiring of Caucasian males be distributed throughout the agency by e-mail. The new policy, introduced in response to the department's failure to meet targeted employment-equity goals, will be in place for the next five months, at which time it will be reviewed.

Canada's federal benchmark for hiring visible minorities is one-in-five. Public Works' proportion of female, disabled, aboriginal and non-white new hires fell from one in eight in March to one in twenty in September of this year.

"As executives and managers, our role includes ensuring that the public service is representative," Marshall wrote in his memo. "This involves providing direction and leadership by example, and demonstrating a firm commitment to an inclusive workplace."

Robb Macpherson, a labor attorney with the firm McCarthy Tetrault, agrees Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms permits some discrimination to assist groups identified by the government as disadvantaged, but the form it usually takes is through programs that promote recruitment and hiring of qualified people from those groups not by banning members of a non-minority class.

"They are in effect cutting off a significant portion of the workforce from these opportunities," Macpherson tells the National Post. "It sounds like a pretty extreme measure that they're contemplating."

Pierre Teotonio, a department spokesman, says the new policy is part of Public Works' involvement with the government's "Embracing Change" program and notes able-bodied white men can still be hired but only with written approval.

Nycole Turmel, president of the Public Service Alliance of Canada, a federal public employee union that strongly endorses employment equity, is critical of its latest variation.

"I think it's creating a possible backlash against equity groups and then it's not helping these people to get into government," says Turmel. "It's even creating more frustration or anger from the workforce as well as from the population ... I am quite sure the people they hire will be competent and good employees, but that is not the point here. They will be seen as targets, and then people will question their hiring, and I don't think it will help them."

Public Works' Teotonio, responding to concerns, says, "This measure will be in force until March 31, 2006, at which time we will re-assess our progress."

Richmond fire dept. may exclude white men

02/03/2007 12:46:32 PM 



The Richmond, B.C. fire department is reportedly planning a major overhaul of its hiring policy by populating its ranks exclusively with women and minorities over the next five years.


CTV.ca News Staff

The Richmond Review obtained a two-page internal document that reads: "We would see this as an ongoing initiative until the community is aptly represented in the department."

According to the community newspaper, internal bulletins have now been posted in local fire halls instructing all copies of the document to be destroyed.

The new hiring policy appears to be an attempt to address allegations of harassment. Early in 2006, all four female firefighters from Richmond Fire-Rescue walked off the job, complaining of workplace harassment.

"There's been a lot of public scrutiny on not only our need to change our internal culture, the way we treat one another, but also our ethnic and racial and gender cross-section," Richmond Fire-Rescue Chief Jim Hancock told the Richmond Review earlier this week.

"It's been identified that this is an initiative that we'll need to work on."

Karen White is one of the Richmond firefighters who left the force after 14 years with the fire service, nine of them with Richmond.

She says she endured a workplace that included co-workers who didn't want to work with women as well as exposure to pornography. She also alleges she was personally threatened and had her gear tampered.

"There just came a time when I drew the line," she told Canada AM. "I was definitely harassed and I was an observer of some pretty horrendous harassment as well."

White says the proposed new hiring policy would not fix the problem and would only create the public perception that the department is lowering physical fitness standards.

What's more, if standards were lowered, it would create resentment within other members of the force.

"If the standards are in any way lowered, that's problematic," she says.

"I think acceptance into that culture is critical for longevity in the fire department."

The final version of the hiring plan, which drew inspiration from Halifax and Phoenix fire departments, has yet to be drafted or submitted to council. It is expected to be revealed to city council within the next few weeks and made accessible to the public in the following months.

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie told the Richmond Review it's clear that a culture change is needed in the department. And although preference may be given to women and minorities, if those positions can't be filled, Caucasian men would be welcome, he said.

White says the force definitely needs to hire more women and minorities but they need to do it in an equitable way, hiring only "the best candidates for the job," and not excluding men on principle.

"Excluding anybody is problematic and that's why the standards have to be fair and equitable," she said. "So that's my hope: that the hiring will be fair and equitable."

Read bottom. In other words WHITE MALES need not apply. Blatant discrimination.