Legal System Not Doing Enough for Racialized Members

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“You know you are going to find it very difficult as an Indian Muslim,” said the partner at a Bay Street law firm during job interviews. As a newly minted lawyer to be, I was shocked but expected it to be better within a profession promoting justice and equality.

Yet, a year spent at a downtown firm quickly confirmed what he had said. The firm was wonderfully supportive, but they operated within an environment that was less than welcoming to minorities. In fact, too many times I was mistaken for a photo copy clerk by lawyers outside the firm.

In typical Canadian fashion, the systemic marginalization continues away from the limelight until it’s called out, or controversy erupts.

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Toronto Star