The Bizarre Case of Bethany Paquette and Amaruk Wilderness Corp.

Originally I wanted to post about this solely for the sake of one great quote in the first article I read about it:

Amundsen then used an expletive to state that if he met God, he would have sex with him.

I went in search of more information about the story and it’s one of those things where the more I learned the less I knew. For starters, Bethany Paquette, a graduate of anti-gay Trinity Western University in British Columbia applied for a job at Amaruk Wilderness Corp. that she was admittedly not qualified for. She was rejected on this basis but the rejection email from Olaf Amundsen of the company added that the company was opposed to the anti-gay stances of Trinity and wouldn’t consider hiring students from the school anyway. It’s an unprofessional, dickish move that wasn’t necessary and that Paquette rightly objected to. An email exchange followed,and Paquette filed a complaint with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal. She’s claiming that she was discriminated against on religious grounds and the company is arguing that she was rejected because of her lack of credentials.

The plot twist comes when CBC News tried to verify certain facts about Amaruk Wilderness Corp. and was contacted by other women who had applied for jobs with the company and received a variety of negative emails. One applicant to a job offering $120,000 per year to be an executive assistant of the CEO said she was emailed questions that included “awkward questions — some of them sexual“. To summarize what CBC News found out: Amaruk may or may not exist in the way they claim, the images used to represent their CEO and other leaders appear to have been gleaned from Pintrest, at one point they claimed to own a massive cargo plane they almost certainly didn’t own, and other such bizarre shit.

I really don’t know what to make of this story at this point. However, I do know that despite how shitty companies that discriminate in their employment practices on matters such as sexual orientation are, the rest of us should be trying to set an example of being nondiscriminatory looks like and not try to out-asshole them.

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