Outrageous. The Halifax Regional School Board apparently wants to understand the diversity of its workforce, and it plans to ask teachers to list their sexual orientation in an upcoming survey.
"The survey, which will be distributed Thursday, contains the question, "Are you heterosexual, bisexual, gay or lesbian?"
The school board expects its teachers to sign the survey once it's completed. However, respondents have the option of refusing to answer some questions."
Board spokeswoman Shaune MacKinlay says: "We understand that there could be some reluctance on some people's part to do this."
No, really?! This coming just weeks after the same school board was ordered by the Human Rights Board to apologize to a teacher who was discriminated against by her principal, another teacher, and the school board after she was labelled a lesbian.
The school board has refused to collect the information anonymously.
Sexual orientation is none of the school board's business. I hope no one answers that question on the survey.
Update: The Nova Scotia Teacher's union has told teachers to consider not filling out several sections of the survey.
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Posted in: equality on May 30, 2006