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CHINESE AND OF LESSER WORTH: CRARR TAKES LEGAL ACTION AGAINST EMPLOYER FOR DISCRIMINATION AGAINST THREE CHINESE WORKERS


Montreal, July 19, 2010 --- A Montreal small business is facing several human and labour rights complaints after the owner paid his three employees of Chinese origin less than non-Chinese workers doing the same job.

The three Chinese workers, two men and a woman, were the only ones who received no pay raises in the past 5 years. The employer, known for his temper, also assaulted the female Chinese employee. She has filed complaints at the Employment Standards Board and the Human Rights Commission for discriminatory harassment.

All three are represented by CRARR in complaints at the Quebec Human Rights and Youth Rights Commission for differential pay and working conditions.

CRARR is increasingly faced with complaints of discrimination, harassment and abuse from Chinese and other Asian workers. Traditionally, most people of Asian descent avoid speaking out against racism in employment and taking legal action to uphold their civil rights.

Even when discrimination is as blatant as in the case of U.S. International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Asian victims of discrimination seldom speak out and take legal action to uphold their civil rights. The ITAR regulations, which cover U.S. military contracts granted to Canadian aerospace companies, require these companies to openly discriminate against Canadian citizens or permanent residents born in China and Vietnam.

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