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Landmark Victory

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Landmark $150 million victory for gender equality


Nurses who work as Medical Adjudicators

After an eight-year fight for justice, a $150 million settlement was presented to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal in the case of Walden et al v. Canada.

Nurses who work as Medical Adjudicators for the Canada Pension Plan Disability Program filed a gender discrimination complaint at the Canadian Human Rights Commission in 2004.

They alleged that the federal government was discriminating against them on the basis of gender,because it never recognized them as health professionals.

The case grew to include hundreds of complainants across Canada.

Since the federal government has stretched out the process unnecessarily, this settlement is a testament to the tenacity of these PIPSC members and a landmark victory for them and for equality in Canada.

Now, up to 1,000 professionals, representing several generations of nurses who provided an important service to Canadians, will be compensated through this settlement.

The Professional Institute of the Public Service is proud to have been able support their fight for justice.