Employers often wish to expand their workforce through targeted recruitment strategies that achieve greater representation of historically disadvantaged groups. Section 11 of the Alberta Human Rights Act allows employers to develop programs to overcome historic systemic discrimination if the program or policy is reasonable and justifiable in the circumstances.
Employers who are considering targeted recruiting should be able to identify the degree of under-representation of the targeted group and the workplace barriers that may affect the targeted group. It is the responsibility of the employer to demonstrate that the targeted recruitment is reasonable and justifiable.
Employing a Diverse Workforce: Making it work
Revised: December 16, 2009
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