STM says it didn't need another legal opinion

Posted By: Laura Casella · 1/4/2013 11:13:00 AM

The STM says a Gazette report on how Bill 101 applies to its employees is misleading.

Marvin Rotrand, city councillor and vice-president of the transit corporation, says it does know that it cannot force some of its employees to speak English and it didn't need another legal opinion to clarify that.

"The Gazette asked if we sought an external legal opinion," Rotrand tells CJAD. "The answer is no. We have 15 lawyers that work for the STM. The law is very clear. Under article 46 of Bill 101 we cannot force our employeees to speak English for most jobs. We have to prove a necessity for English to get an exemption."

Some of those jobs that do get an exemption include people who work in adapted transport, telephone operators, or those who deal with tourists. Bus drivers and ticket takers, however, are not required by law to speak English.

"And it's very clear. Our lawyers say the law is crystal clear. Even a 1st year law student would know that."

But any employee who is rude to a customer and refuses to help despite language differences, he says, will be disciplined.

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