Filing A Complaint Under the Pay Equity Act
Who can file a complaint?
Any employer bound by the Act.
I no longer work for Company X. Can I still file a complaint?
I am not a full-time employee. Can I file a complaint?
contract, and seasonal employees can file a complaint under the Pay Equity
Act. The only exception is a student working during vacation.
Can I file a complaint on my own, even though I belong to a union?
The short answer is: “Yes, if you believe that your employer and union have contravened the Act".
The long answer is this:
If this is your situation, you need to understand a couple of important points. First, as a union member, you are part of an established collective and your union has authority to negotiate agreements with your employer on your behalf and you are bound by those agreements. Secondly, because of the first point, your application needs to show that any union-management agreement dealing with pay equity in your organization contravenes the Act – this is different from stating that you disagree with what the union has said or agreed-to on your behalf.
However, you still have the right to file a complaint, with or without the support of your union. If you're uncertain about your situation, just make your best effort to fill out the Application for Review Services. A Review Officer will be assigned to your file, and will ask you more questions as part of our regular process of looking into concerns.
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