White worker says Canada Revenue Agency discriminated against him

OSHAWA – A Canada Revenue Agency worker alleges his employer discriminated against him because he had the misfortune of being born a white man.

Joe Bate, 40, is representing himself in the Federal Court case. He claims he was an “efficient and productive” appeals officer for CRA, outshining many of his colleagues.

But instead of being promoted, he says his employer used the Employment Equity Act to pass him over.

  • The Butterfly

    Notice how when real discrimination occurs, you take it to a real court, and not a phony “human rights” tribunal?

    • Alain

      Sadly it won’t do him any good since the courts agree that affirmative action trumps other rights.

      • Jane

        Tyranny by the minority you mean!

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    DEC. 2013: Filed discrimination complaint with Canadian Human Rights Commission.
    FEB. 2014: Notified his union, PSAC/UTE (Public Service Alliance of Canada/Union of Taxation Employees), WON’T SUPPORT HIS GRIEVENCE.
    DEC. 2014: Canadian Human Rights Commission dismissed his complaint for third and final time.
    His union needs to be sanctioned too, as well as abolishing the kangaroo court known as the CHRC. What a travesty.

  • David

    I can’t feel sorry for any cra employee

    • Exile1981

      Given how corrupt the vast majority of them are I can’t either. Of course I just spent another morning “discussing” with them.

  • Alain

    This has been going in throughout the federal public service for years now. It started as affirmative action and has since been called employment equity and then diversity. It is still the same thing just a change in name. I witnessed so many times in all departments where a competition was restricted to women or Natives or visible minorities. Add to that most of the ridiculous language requirements (bilingual) in places without a francophone population and you get the picture. Sadly the guy does not stand a chance, since the courts have always upheld discrimination being justified in the name of affirmative action.

    The same discrimination is also practised by the provinces, municipalities and to some extent corporations.

    • Justin St.Denis

      The native placements are usually a real hoot, too. I remember one contract I had with a government department here in Ontario. The director’s native executive assistant would fuck anything that moved, and did, even on office time. It was a joke. The director could do nothing about it. She’s probably humping a doorknob at Queen’s Park as I type this………

  • Liberal Progressive

    He is wrong the law is right.

    Employment Equity is meant to ensure people from historically discriminated groups get the first chance to get promotions to make up for historical discrimination against their group. It has nothing to do with their qualification or what they do at work. It is meant to make up for white privledge and as a white male he should realize and accept that the law is to make up for centuries of discrimination and class from which he automatically benefited from whether he realises it or not.

    As a white male he can not be discriminated against as it is his class and gender that are the cause of all discrimination.

    • David

      If I didn’t know better I’d think you were serious.

    • Xavier

      So why isn’t it called Employment Inequity?

    • New Centurion

      Exactly! “Qualified” for the job…Pfttt please.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      So what you are saying is that we need real racism to fight imaginary racism.
      Doesn’t that make you a racist?

      • Justin St.Denis

        Drunk, I can hear the government seminars bleeding between Liberal Progressive’s lines. Don’t bother. That kind of programmed eunuch isn’t worth your time.

    • pdxnag

      Your snark is acknowledged, but I’ll treat it as your genuine belief:

      So you are a tribalist. Why do you hate individual rights? Did this victim himself discriminate?

    • Jane

      Can someone please explain how someone not born in Canada was discriminated against since they were not born and educated here? I never could understand that concept!

    • Jane

      So if what you are saying is true they why do we bother having interviews and testing peoples skill and experience if they are only g oing to be hired by race?