David vs Goliath
  • Petitioning Scotiabank Canada

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Scotiabank Canada

David vs Goliath

    1. Robert Graham
    2. Petition by

      Robert Graham

      Toronto, Canada

Chris Garner, who worked for Scotiabank for over 35 years, is a friend of mine. For the past 11 years he managed the Lacewood Branch in Halifax, NS and during this time he also managed the Fairview Branch, Halifax, NS for 3 years until he grew the book enough for the Bank to dedicate a full-time manager. He was well liked by his team and was very involved in volunteering for his community.
This past year Chris challenged Scotiabank with Age Discrimination after he was told by Peter Bessey, Senior Vice President for the Atlantic Region (at the time) that it was not so much the number of years behind a person but more so the number of years left ahead of a person and was denied an interview for 2 positions. He was 58 at the time he was told this.
Chris was fired on September 8, 2011 for coming forward with his complaint to Scotiabank. Scotiabank released an email the following day to managers in his region saying that Chris "chose" to leave after 34 years and that his position would be posted on Monday.  Chris was told that if he did not withdraw his lawsuit that he would be fired and he was. It was not a choice!
Below is a link to the stories that have appeared in the Financial Post and to a podcast of an interview on Halifax 95.7 Maritime Morning.  In the update section are PDF files of the stories in the Halifax Chronical Herald.
I urge all of you to sign the petition as it affects us too as we are all getting older; however, that should not prevent us from advancing in our careers. Chris is standing up for all of us.
Please, do your part for him by signing the petition and forwarding it to ALL  your friends, family, and colleagues. We need to stand up for our rights.
Thank you,






Recent signatures


    1. Think this can't happen to you? Think again!

      Robert Graham
      Petition Organizer
      50 Is the New 65: Older Americans Are Getting Booted from Their Jobs -- and Denied New Opportunities

      Editor's note: This is part of Lynn Parramore's ongoing AlterNet series on job insecurity and part of the New Economic Dialogue Project. In every corner of America, millions of people are terrified of losing their jobs and falling into financial ruin. Men and women with impressive professional achievements and credentials are being let go, nudged out and pushed aside.

    2. Reached 1,500 signatures
    3. Numbers increasing, keep it up!

      Robert Graham
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you everyone for your wonderful support! As this drags on, your support is just as important as it was a year ago. While support is welcome where ever it comes from, Canadian signatures are doubly important as this is a primarily Canadian corporation. So, fellow Canucks out there, spread the word, repost on Facebook/Twitter, etc., as a way to remind your friends that while it takes a few seconds to sign a petition, legal challenges take considerably longer!

    4. From the Scotiabank website...Do as I say, not as I do?

      Robert Graham
      Petition Organizer

      I cannot help but wonder how "top 100" employers are chosen. I work for one. Enough said!

    5. Reached 750 signatures
    6. Scotiabank files statement of defense

      Robert Graham
      Petition Organizer

      Not surprisingly, the bank has countered. The paragraph at the end of the article is indeed interesting, the bank insisting the court has no court to try cases of discrimination, insisting the Human Rights Tribunal is the proper venue. Of course the HRT has limited power and punishment at its disposal.

    7. Reached 500 signatures
    8. Article in the Financial Post

      Robert Graham
      Petition Organizer

      My interview with Barry Critchley of the Financial Post

    9. Share an email address with someone who wants to sign? Put in both names.

      Robert Graham
      Petition Organizer

      I have had inquiries about couples who share an email address only being able to sign once. If this is the case, fill in the name fields with both names, i.e. John and Jane, Smith and Doe. The printed list will show this and the numbers adjusted accordingly. Thanks, Rob.

    10. podcast with CARP's Susan Eng, Rob Graham & Maritime Morning's Jordi Morgan

      Robert Graham
      Petition Organizer

      Susan Eng discussed ageism and the challenges facing older workers in the workplace.

    11. Reached 25 signatures
    12. Former manager claims age discrimination at Scotiabank

      Robert Graham
      Petition Organizer

      People across Canada, especially seniors, should be aware of this story.


    Reasons for signing

      • 15 days ago

      Stop this sort of thing from continuing...all you younger folks R gonna be this age & older one day & will need a good job because social security went bust.

    • Colin Campbell HALIFAX, CANADA
      • 27 days ago

      Discrimination against age is WRONG WRONG WRONG

    • Christine Wallace LAS VEGAS, NV
      • 3 months ago

      "to see a wrong and not expose it, is to become a silent partner to its continuance".

      I vow NEVER to be a silent partner of evil-doer's.

    • Richard Randall GREAT VILLAGE, NS, CANADA
      • 5 months ago

      I was in the same position however accepted a lesser job as I only had 5 years left before retirement.

    • Kaitlyn Clark BEDFORD, CANADA
      • 7 months ago

      Because age discrimination is unfortunately real, and needs to be stopped. Everyone, no matter their age, should be treated fairly and equally. Big companies and corporations should not be allowed to get away with these types of things just because they feel they are able to.


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