On November 9, 2015 the BC Human Rights Tribunal rejected fast-food giant Tim Hortons’ attempt to have a human rights complaint against it dismissed at an early stage. The complaint was brought in 2012 by four temporary foreign workers from Mexico who say they experienced discrimination in the workplace while they were employed at two Tim Hortons locations in Dawson Creek, BC, while the franchise owner was also their landlord. The workers allege that they were given less desirable schedules and tasks than locally hired workers, were subject to derogatory and racist comments, and were coerced to live in substandard housing. BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre (BCPIAC), through its “Justice for Racialized and Immigrant Communities” Program, and Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS) are representing the workers in their complaint against both the individual franchise owner and the franchisor, Tim Hortons.
The Tribunal’s decision follows hot on the heels of another decision on November 5, 2015 in which the Tribunal rejected Tim Hortons’ attempt to have a second complaint about discriminatory treatment of its temporary foreign workers dismissed. That case concerns the treatment of Filipino temporary foreign workers at Tim Hortons location in Fernie BC.
The human rights complaint against Tim Hortons can be viewed online and downloaded through the BCPIAC website:
Source: BCPIAC Webpage