Employment minister Patty Hajdu calls for investigation of Facebook job ads on Social media.

Employment minister Patty Hajdu calls for investigation of Facebook job ads on Social media.

Employment Minister Patty Hajdu is calling on the Canadian Human Rights Commission,To examine how employers use Facebook tools to micro-target job ads at particular age ranges, something experts say could violate Canadian human rights laws.

“From my perspective, it’s behaviour that is breaking the law,”
Patty Hajdu said, on her way into question period Monday. “That’s why I have asked my office to reach out to the Human Rights Commission so they can take it from here and do the work that they need to do to determine what next steps are.”

Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould echoed Hajdu’s concerns.

“These are very real issues ,that we need to be looking at and we need to be ensuring that we’re enforcing the rights that all Canadians have,” she told reporters.

“Things that we perhaps thought were of the past, when it comes to discriminatory behaviour are alive and well on digital platforms, and we need to ensure that, that is not something that is possible, to ensure that the rights that we have in our Charter of Rights and Freedoms are upheld across the board.”

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