University accused of discrimination, retaliation

P.E.I. professors say they were forced to retire
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 11/10/2014

Charges of discrimination and retaliation against faculty members who claimed wrongdoing by the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) led to two member grievances.

Barry Bartmann and Richard Wills — both tenured professors with UPEI — were denied applications for sabbatical in the 2014-2015 academic year. Both professors had previously filed complaints with the PEI Human Rights Commission alleging discrimination or wrong doing by the university and claimed the denial of their applications contributed to a pattern of discrimination.

The University of Prince Edward Island Faculty Association filed grievances on Bartmann and Wills’ behalf. The association
requested a ruling of punitive damages, an order for a sabbatical and other paid leave for both grievors as well as further remedies that would provide "full redress."