Employer Liability for Workplace Human Rights Violations

The General Rule Ontario’s Human Rights Code makes the employer liable for workplace human rights abuse for most of the human rights protected by the legislation[1]. The dramatic exception is sexual harassment. The Exceptions to the Exception Who is in Charge This being said, the employer may still be responsible for a sexual harassment case […]

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Human Rights Tribunal Again Sets New Law

The Ontario Human Rights Tribunal once again has released a decision with dramatic impact.[1] Policy of Citizenship The background to the case involved a policy of the employer which required that all new hires be eligible to work in Canada on a permanent basis. The candidates for hire must thus be either Canadian citizens or […]

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Human Rights Violation

A recent decision of the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal is reflective of the remedy available to an employee who has been treated adversely due to a human rights violation.[1] Background The applicant had been hired as a production technology specialist with a manufacturer of wind turbines. She was soon promoted to a management position on […]

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Human Rights Violations – Sue or Use Human Rights Tribunal?

Ontario’s law is unique in that it allows a person who has been terminated due to actions which may be in violation of the Ontario Human Rights Code to sue civilly or file a human rights complaint with the Human Rights Tribunal. (“HRT”) For example, a person fired due to age or gender or if  […]

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