Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

June 29, 2012 19:06 ET

Media Advisory/Human Rights Hearing Resumes: Union and Complainants Will Respond to Long-Anticipated Development

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 29, 2012) - Medical adjudicators who work for the Canadian Pension Plan Disability Program and are represented by the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) have been pursuing a complaint of gender discrimination against the federal government at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) since 2004.

In 2007, the Tribunal found that the federal government was liable for discrimination going back as far as 1978 but the issue of a remedy and compensation has not yet been resolved.

The case has grown to include hundreds of complainants.

The Hearing into Walden et al. v Canada will resume on Tuesday July 3rd at 9.30 AM at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, Hearing Room #1, 160 Elgin Street, 11th Floor.

The Professional Institute, its legal counsel and a group of complainants will be at the hearing and available at a news conference on July 3 at 12.30 p.m. at the National Press Theatre.

Date: Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Time: 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Place: National Press Theatre, 150 Wellington Street, Ottawa

Available for comment/photo opportunity:

  • Gary Corbett, President, the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC)
  • Peter Engelmann, Legal Counsel, Sack Goldblatt Mitchell LLP
  • Heather Wellman, Armstrong Wellman, Victoria, Counsel for most of the complainants
  • Ruth Walden, lead complainant, Walden et al v. Canada
  • Gisèle LeBlanc, complainant from Moncton, New Brunswick
  • Additional Medical Adjudicators from across Canada

The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada represents some 60,000 professionals and scientists across Canada's public sector.

Contact Information

  • Laureen Allan
    (613) 228-6310 extension 2230
    (613) 864-6700 (cell)