Medical Issues on Termination of Employment

  There are many issues to be considered in assessing a settlement offer on termination. One such issue is the health of the person who has been fired. Ontario law requires every employer to continue health and insurance benefits for a minimum statutory time period following termination. The minimum period after three months is one […]

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Human Rights Tribunal: You Can’t Make Someone Observe the Sabbath

Cases involving human rights in the workplace often revolve around an employer imposing a condition on someone. But what about instances where an employer prevents someone from working? The Quebec Human Rights Tribunal addressed this recently in Commission on Human Rights and Youth Rights (Zilberg) v. 9220-3454 Québec Inc. (Spa Liv Zen (Spa Orazen)). Imposing The […]

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Employer’s Hard Hat Policy Holds Up Against Religious Discrimination Claim

The line between religious freedom and occupational heath and safety can be a blurry one, as evidenced in a recent Quebec Superior Court decision where three Sikh men (the employees) brought a claim against their employer who would not allow them to work without hard hats on. A new policy and a refusal to comply […]

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Former Employee Awarded $24,000 for Discrimination in the Workplace

The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) recently awarded $24,200 to a former employee who was subjected to anti-Semitic slurs in the workplace and dismissed in a discriminatory fashion. The Background The employee in question (the applicant) alleged that he was subjected to anti-Semitic slurs, and that his Jewish ancestry and creed were factors in […]

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