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Pay equity work complaint

Workers employed by a company or who have left a company may file a complaint with the CNESST because pay equity work was not done or was done incorrectly. Certified associations, such as unions, also have this right.

Reasons and deadlines for filing a complaint

A complaint may be filed for any of the following reasons:

Reasons and deadlines for filing a complaint

Who may file a complaint Reason Deadline What you have to do
Worker and union The employer did not fulfil their obligation to do pay equity work Any time after the employer's time limit for doing the work has expired Fill out the Pay Equity Work Complaint form
Worker and union The employer did not do their pay equity work correctly. This does not apply if the work was done by a pay equity committee whose composition complies with the Act To find out the deadlines for this type of complaint, go to the Exercise or Maintenance pages. Fill out the Pay Equity Work Complaint form
Worker The employer did not pay the worker all the wage adjustments they were due 3 years from the date on which the employer should have paid the adjustments Fill out the Pay Equity Work Complaint form

We encourage you to contact the staff at our Client Relations Centre. They will tell you whether your situation does in fact fall under the Loi sur l’équité salariale and, if necessary, help you write your complaint.

How to file a complaint

Complete the File a complaint questionnaire. If your complaint is admissible, you will be directed to the appropriate instructions for filing an official complaint.
 

If you wish to be represented

You may mandate a company, a firm or another person to represent you during the complaint process.  

If you are a union member, you may also mandate your union to represent you. In this case, you must provide the name and contact information of a respondent on the complaint form

We provide a template for a mandate of representation. You do not have to use it. If you do not use it, you must provide us with the name and contact information of the person appointed to represent you in writing. Check with the person if they accept the mandate you wish to give them.

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