Human Rights Quiz - Burnaby Work Experience 90 Hours Online Test

Anthony, who is 18 years old, has applied for a job as a clerk in a sporting goods store. The store manager is impressed with Anthony’s maturity and ability and says that he would like to hire him, subject to reference checks. Later, the manager calls Anthony to say that he will not be hired. On checking his references with a former employer, the manager found out that Anthony was convicted of reckless driving several times when he was younger. Has the store manager violated Anthony’s human rights by refusing to hire him?

A local optician’s office has an opening for a part-time receptionist. The position requires excellent communication skills, as the person will answer customers’ telephone calls and receive patients who enter the clinic. Michelle, who was born and raised in Quebec City, has applied for the job. The owner does not hire her, because she feels customers may not understand Michelle because of her accent. Has the owner violated Michelle’s human rights?

Cindy, aged 19, had applied for a position at a nursing home as a nursing aide. She had previously worked part-time as a kindergarten teacher’s aide and had also cared for children with mental and physical disabilities during her high school years. During her initial interview, the assistant administrator told Cindy she was an ideal candidate and that she probably would be hired.

She was given a pre-employment medical examination for her family physician to complete. He confirmed that she could meet the requirement of being able to lift patients.

At a second meeting, the interviewer reviewed the completed medical form and noticed Cindy’s hand. During the initial interview, the assistant administrator had not observed her left hand, on which the index, middle and ring fingers were considerably shorter than those on most hands. Following this, the interviewer and another nursing director spent much time discussing Cindy’s disability and the job requirements. Even though they both wanted very much to hire Cindy, they believed that she would not be able to cope with the gripping or clasping that is required to lift patients.

Although Cindy said that she could perform the duties and had performed similar tasks in her previous job with children with disabilities, she was not hired.

Did the employer have a bona fidejob requirement?

Tawney worked as a forest firefighter for the Province of British Columbia and was a member of the Initial Attack Forest Firefighting crew for a small area in the forests of British Columbia. The job of that crew was to attack and suppress forest fires while they were small and could be easily contained. Her supervisors found her work to be satisfactory and there was no reason to question her continuing ability to do the work safely and effectively.

After she had been successfully doing this job for three years, the Government adopted a new series of fitness tests for forest firefighters. The tests were developed in response to a Coroner’s Inquest Report that recommended that only physically fit employees be assigned as front-line forest firefighters for safety reasons. The tests required that forest firefighters weigh less than 200 lbs. (with their equipment) and complete a run, an upright rowing exercise, and a pump carrying/hose dragging exercise within stipulated times.

The running test was designed to test the forest firefighters’aerobic fitness. Subjects were required to run 2.5 kilometres in 11 minutes. After four attempts, Tawney failed to meet the aerobic standard, running the distance in 11 minutes and 49.4 seconds instead of the required 11 minutes. As a result, she was laid off.

Stating that the test unfairly discriminated against women, Tawney’s union brought a grievance on her behalf.

Do you believe Tawney was discrimated against?

A married women gets hired for a high tech job and has only been working for three weeks. Training for her very detailed position takes 5 weeks. She learns she has become pregnant. The employer needs a full-time continuing employee and when he learns of her pregnacy he fires her explaining that he does not want to have to re-train another new employee in just a few months.

Which laws might protect this women if any?


Test your understanding of the Canadian Human Rights Law. Read the two case studies and test your knowledge and understanding of Discrimination Practices in Employment. This test was created for Grade 12 Burnaby Students enrolled in the Career Preparation 90 hour work experience program.


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