Calgary, Alberta — An Ontario taxi company that serves people from outside of Calgary is being accused of discrimination after drivers were fired from the city’s cab companies, and one is under investigation by the province.
CBC News has learned the drivers are being fired or banned from driving for another company in the city.
The Calgary Taxi and Limousine Commission is investigating the drivers for alleged discrimination, CBC News has confirmed.
“The commission’s decision to take action is not related to the conduct of the driver,” the commission said in a statement.
There are no pending charges against the driver, but the commission is still investigating the allegations, which include a discrimination complaint from a female driver, and an allegation that the driver is a repeat offender.
According to the complaint, a female passenger asked the driver to stop his taxi because he had a woman in the backseat.
When the driver refused, the passenger said she was being harassed and threatened.
The complaint alleged the driver also refused to stop because the passenger was wearing a mask.
A statement from the company said the driver has since resigned from his position.
It also said the drivers’ union has been in communication with the commission and has reached out to the city about the allegations.
Calgary taxi drivers are under investigation over allegations of discrimination.
This is a developing story and will be updated.
Calls for action: Calgary taxi drivers to resign, calls for more taxi safety regulations to protect women drivers:CBC News contacted the Calgary Taxi Commission for comment.
In a statement, the Calgary Police Service said:”The Calgary Police Services investigates all complaints of sexual harassment and violence against our community members and associates.
We are actively engaged with our partners and the community in the investigation, which is ongoing.
We cannot comment on any ongoing investigation or the specific charges or allegations.”
A Calgary Taxi driver has resigned.
But CBC News was unable to reach the drivers union for comment, and the commission has not issued a statement in response to the CBC’s request.
We reached out last week to the Calgary Taxicab Drivers’ Association for comment but have not received a response at the time of publication.
What you need to know about taxi drivers:What’s the issue?
The taxi industry is growing rapidly in Calgary and the city is seeing a surge in demand for cab rides.
The city’s population is growing by nearly a quarter a million people a year, and Calgary is home to more than 10,000 cab companies.
The city’s taxi drivers, who operate in the downtown core and in the south of the city, make up roughly 40 per cent of the workforce.
Since 2006, there have been nine suspensions and six firings.
A recent investigation found drivers at the companies were given discriminatory treatment in the workplace.
One driver was suspended in April after allegedly being verbally and physically abusive to the driver of another cab company.
Another driver was fired last month after allegedly making sexual advances towards a female rider.
More than 1,100 drivers have filed complaints with the city and its police, fire and ambulance services about discrimination.
In March, the city passed a new, harsher discrimination code, requiring that all drivers be licensed, have written and verbal training and be licensed in their home province.
The new code will go into effect in August.
How to protect yourself:If you have any concerns about discrimination in the industry, contact the Calgary police, the Alberta Taxi Commission, the City of Calgary, or your local taxi company.