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Women denied equal pay and promotions at Castlegar mill: human rights complaint

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January 23, 2015 - 10:43 AM

CASTLEGAR, B.C. - The B.C. Human Rights Tribunal will hear a complaint made a former human resources manager at a Castlegar, B.C., pulp mill who says she and other female supervisors were denied equal pay and promotions.

Adrienne McKellar says she rose to a senior position that was previously held by a man and performed the same duties, but was given a different title and lower salary.

She alleges she was fired in June 2012 after complaining about her situation as well as what she described as systemic discrimination against women at the mill operated by Zellstoff Celgar Limited.

Three other female employees in supervisory roles are named in the complaint and claim they were also denied equal pay or promotions based on their gender.

The mill previously sought to have the complaint dismissed, saying each of the women made substantially different allegations, but the tribunal decided there were enough similarities for the complaint to be heard.

The company denies the allegations and says non-unionized salaries are set by an external firm, which evaluates each position with names and references to gender removed.

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