Employee denied position at Canada Post due to lack of French language competency

Employee unable to attain necessary level of competency after nine months of training
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 04/18/2016

In 2010, Canada Post employee Roberta Hazelton bid on and obtained a position as a bilingual wicket clerk at the Yellowknife post office.

A condition of the job — which she was awarded on the basis of her seniority — was that she be able to converse at the appropriate level in French. Prior to taking the position, Hazelton was required to undergo an assessment to determine whether or not she was proficient enough to qualify for French training.

Hazelton passed the test and was therefore given the opportunity to study French in order to meet the requirements of the position.