Testing Hiring Discrimination in Canada’s Blue-Collar Industry

Wednesday, May 24, 2023 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

Research suggests that openly queer blue-collar workers are among the most marginalized in the labour market. To understand the role of anti-queer hiring discrimination in Canada’s blue-collar sector, economist Dr. Maryam Dilmaghani (Saint Mary’s University) and queer health scholar Dr. Margaret Robinson (Dalhousie University) conducted an experiment. Creating four fictitious job candidates with welding skills, they applied for 2000 entry-level jobs across Canada. Dr. Robinson will discuss their experiment, explain the findings, and consider what those results tell us about hiring discrimination in blue-collar Canada.


  • Margaret Robinson (she/her), PhD, Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Reconciliation, Gender, & Identity, Coordinator, Indigenous Studies, & Associate Professor at Dalhousie University

This webinar is made available to University of Waterloo staff, students and faculty through the EDI-R Office’s Pride at Work Membership. When registering, be sure to indicate University of Waterloo as your organization/employer.

Live Captioning will be provided by 3 Play Media Canada.