Pre-hiring questionnaires: an illegal but common practice!

Today you can be refused a job after stating in a pre-hiring questionnaire that you are living with HIV or another chronic ailment, even though you do not represent any risk for those around you.

The web campaign launched by the Quebec AIDS Fundation in May last highlighted the use, particularly in the Quebec health network, of these discriminatory questionnaires that are clearly condemned by the law.

The online petition calling for the elimination of these illegal questionnaires in the network’s establishments ended on the 31st of January. The signatures were sent to COCQ-SIDA so as to support its efforts to finally end this hiring discrimination and simply have the law respected.

The steps taken finally seem to be bearing fruit: the Human Rights Tribunal has just nailed the Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux (CISSS) des Laurentides for a discriminatory hiring questionnaire!

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