Racism among non-whites: Black woman complains against ethnically diverse Surrey company

Do racialized groups discriminate against other non-whites?

Yes it can happen, according to a B.C. Human Rights Tribunal.

“Racism can clearly operate between groups of people who are racialized in Canada,” states tribunal member Devyn Cousineau.

Cousineau made the point in her reasons for decision in connection with a complaint.

The complaint was filed by a black woman against a supposedly ethnically diverse company in Surrey.

Christine Lado, originally from South Sudan, has claimed that she was singled out for public criticism and unfair scrutiny because of her race.

Lado alleged that her South Asian supervisor Umer Shahid treated other workers better because they are South Asian like him.

The discrimination allegedly happened in the production site of Naturally Homegrown Foods Ltd., maker of Hardbite chips.

The Hardbite chips maker filed an application to dismiss Lado’s complaint, arguing that it has no reasonable prospect of success.

However, Cousineau rejected the company’s application.

In her reasons for decision dated July 3, 2019, Cousineau noted that Naturally Homegrown Foods pointed out that its workforce is “ethnically diverse”.

According to the company, more than 70 percent of its production employees are “visible minorities”.

“While the argument is not made directly,” Cousineau wrote, “I take it that the inference the Tribunal is meant to draw is that the Respondents are less likely to engage in racial discrimination because they themselves, and most of their employees, are from racialized groups.”

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