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What is a Complaint under the Pay Equity Act?

A complaint under the Pay Equity Act is an allegation that one or more provisions of the Act have been violated. Examples of complaints include:

  • Pay equity has been done for an organization but the method does not follow the requirements of the Pay Equity Act
  • Pay equity has been done for an organization but has not been maintained
  • Pay equity was never done in an organization
  • An employee was fired, coerced, penalized or harassed because of pay equity
  • An Order made by either the Pay Equity Office or the Pay Equity Hearings Tribunal has been ignored
  • An employee objects to the posted pay equity plan or amended pay equity plan*
  • The pay equity plan or amended pay equity plan affecting the employee's job does not comply with the Pay Equity Act*
  • The pay equity plan or amended pay equity plan is not being carried out according to its terms*
  • Changes in the workplace are such that the pay equity plan or amended pay equity plan is no longer appropriate*

*These grounds only apply for employees in:

a) a public sector organization that existed in 1987 or 1993 OR

b) a private sector organization with 100 or more employees as of 1987.

 

Objections to posted pay equity plans or amended pay equity plans must be filed within time limits set out in the Pay Equity Act.