When I moved to Toronto in 2015, I wasn’t sure what to do with my computer.
I was a software developer for a Toronto-based software company, but I had never used an online service like Microsoft Exchange.
My boss was adamant that I pay for it myself, so I reluctantly signed up.
When I was done with my work, I went back to my office and bought a new computer.
The decision to switch to an offline-only position was easier said than done.
“My colleagues were surprised that I actually paid for the software,” said Sarah Cuthbertson, a technology specialist who worked for the company that had hired her.
Cuthberson said she had to convince her boss that her job wasn’t a waste of money.
She said she was surprised to learn that the company had charged her $12 per hour, which is more than her annual salary of $13,600.
“I felt like I was being punished for not being productive,” she said.
“It felt like an extra $2 per hour that wasn’t justified.”
Cuthagers company eventually agreed to pay her $8.40 an hour.
“At the time, I was excited about the pay, the flexibility and the flexibility to be able to do more with less,” she added.
In the end, she said, it was worth it.
“Because I was in a position to learn and to learn quickly, and also because I was paid a lot of money, I actually felt a lot more comfortable with the position,” she told CBC News.
“You know, I had my own laptop, and I had a lot to learn.”
Cottas company also made a $12 an hour salary, but she says she still felt pressured to make more money to cover expenses and get better training.
“The way we were treated by the HR department at work was really, really harsh,” she explained.
“They were always making me do this, and this, because they felt that I was getting too much.”
Couths boss said the company was aware of the issue and was working to improve the pay structure, but it’s still difficult to understand why someone would do something like that.
“If you want to do something right, you need to do it with respect,” said her boss, who asked not to be named for fear of losing her job.
“So we are trying to make sure that we don’t get any further than this situation, and that we improve the conditions for the people that we work with.”
But for many women, the experience has been traumatic.
“What they were saying to me was, ‘Don’t worry, we’re going to pay you,’ ” said Cuthiers.
“And I said, ‘I’m not worried about that.’
I’m worried about myself.
I’m trying to get a better job, and then the same thing happens to me.”