Interpretation Guidelines Manual British Columbia Employment Standards Act and Regulations
EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS ACT - PART 10 - COMPLAINTS, INVESTIGATIONS AND DETERMINATIONS
ESA Section 75 – If complainant requests identity be kept confident
This section confirms that, if requested, a complainant’s identity will remain confidential (when possible) and outlines the circumstances when disclosure of the complainant’s identity is necessary.
75. (1) If requested in writing by a complainant, the director must not disclose any identifying information about the complainant unless
(a) the disclosure is necessary for the purposes of a proceeding under this Act, or
(b) the director considers the disclosure is in the public interest.
(2) Subsection (1) applies despite any provision of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act other than s.44 (2) and
(3) of that Act.
A person may file a confidential complaint.
If a complainant wishes to remain confidential, they must state it on the complaint form.
The director will inform complainants if confidentiality is not possible in their case. While this section provides the director with the ability to disclose an individual’s identity, this would only be done in rare cases. For example, the complainant may be the only person able to provide the information needed in order to issue a determination.
Disclosure of the complainant's identity may be necessary if the matter is brought before the Employment Standards Tribunal. Since complaints can be very specific or unique, the director can usually determine in advance whether the identity of the complainant must be disclosed in order to obtain relevant information depending on the nature of the complaint; for example, where the complaint was for compensation for length of service, and the employer contended the complainant had quit.
Related sections of the Act or Regulation
- s.74, Complaint and time limit
- s.76, Investigations
- s.77, Opportunity to respond
- s.83, Employee not to be mistreated because of a complaint or investigation
- s.84, Director’s investigative powers and protections
- s.85, Entry and inspection powers
Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act
Inquiry Act (ss.12, 15 and 16)
See Employment Standards Factsheets
Complaint Resolution and the Employment Standards Act