In a decision rendered on June 12, the Commission des droits de la personne et de la jeunesse recommended that the Universit 0064e Montra006c (UdeM) pay over $35 million to support employees who are victims of discrimination based on sex in the pay structure assessment system. The Commission gave the UdeM until 3 p.m. on Friday, September 12 to conform. The Commissions decision was in response to a complaint made on May 16, 1996 by CUPE 1244 (Syndicat des employs0020et employe0073 de lUdeM).
If applied, the decision will affect approximately 1,300 employees, mainly personnel who work in the offices, laboratories, cafeterias and services. Amounts will be distributed as follows: $15.6 million for the monetary loss incurred since 1993 due to the discriminatory calculation method used by the UdeM, $1.5 million for the monetary loss incurred due to the application of a double remuneration system in spite of equivalent work, $6 million to the secretaries and, as moral damages, $10,000 to each of the victims.
As of this moment, the UdeM has not yet officially reacted to the Commissions decision.