The Toronto Star reports that 10,000 current and former Canada Post employees have received pay equity cheques from the Crown Corporation. The payouts are the result of almost three decades of human rights litigation and a landmark victory at the Supreme Court of Canada. The complaint was first filed in 1983 by the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) on behalf of 2300 clerical workers.
Canada Post has stated that it has now paid out to everyone for whom it has contact information. However, thousands more individuals could still be eligible. Canada Post is working with the Canada Revenue Agency to reach out to other individuals on its behalf, and is also planning on placing a series of newspaper ads to alert potential recipients. More information about the Canada Post pay equity payment process can be found here.
PSAC was represented by RavenLaw lawyers throughout the pay equity case, including Andrew Raven, James Cameron, David Yazbeck and Andrew Astritis at the Supreme Court of Canada, where the Court ruled unanimously in favour of PSAC in a rare oral ruling from the bench.