RavenLaw Appears Before Supreme Court on Pay Equity Challenge

On October 31, 2017, RavenLaw appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada to argue in support of a Charter challenge to certain restrictive portions of Québec’s pay equity legislation.

In particular, in 2009, the Québec government made changes to its pay equity law which required employers to review their wage rates every five years to determine whether changes to wages had resulted in wage discrimination. However, the 2009 amendments to the Pay Equity Act also prevented affected employees from claiming any remedy for discrimination that occurred in between the five-year reviews.

Before the Supreme Court, unions, workers, and pay equity and women’s organizations joined together to argue that these amendments resulted in ongoing discrimination against women and breached their Charter rights.

Andrew Raven, Andrew Astritis, and Morgan Rowe from RavenLaw appeared on behalf of the intervener, the Public Service Alliance of Canada.