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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Supreme Court of Canada Weighs in on Drug and Alcohol Dependency Disclosure Policies in the Workplace

Drug and alcohol addiction has been recognized as a disability in both Federal and Provincial human rights legislations. This means that, generally speaking, firing someone for an addiction to drugs or alcohol could violate their rights. In Stewart v. Elk Valley Coal Corp. the Supreme Court of Canada had the opportunity to weigh in on […]

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HRTO Confirms It Does Not Have Jurisdiction to Address Allegations of “General Unfairness”

In a frequently cited decision, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) confirmed that it does not have the power to deal with general allegations of unfairness, and dismissed a human rights complaint on the basis that the applicant had not established a clear link between her termination and a protected ground under the Human Rights […]

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Employer Ordered to Pay $60,000 in Moral Damages After Firing Woman Who was Sexually Harassed

The Ontario Court of Appeal recently upheld an award of $60,000 that a lower court granted to an employee for the manner in which she had been dismissed after she made a complaint of sexual harassment. What Happened? The employee in question, Ms. Doyle, had worked for the employer, Zochem Inc. (a manufacturer of zinc […]

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