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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Province Working to Close Gender Wage Gap

On the 30th anniversary of Ontario’s Pay Equity Act, the Minister of Labour recently announced the creation of a new working group as part of the province’s continuing efforts to close the still-existing gender wage gap and support higher participation of women in the workforce. New Working Group The new working group will meet regularly […]

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