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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Third Parties and Discrimination in the Workplace

The Supreme Court of Canada will be hearing an appeal of Schrenk v. British Columbia (Human Rights Tribunal) and determining whether the B.C Human Rights Tribunal had jurisdiction to hear a complaint about discrimination in employment involving individuals from different workplaces/separate employers. The Background The complainant, Mohammadreza Sheikhzadeh-Mashgoul (Mashgoul) was a civil engineer working for […]

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OHRC Announces Updated Policy on Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing

On October 23, 2016, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) launched an updated policy on workplace drug and alcohol testing.   Drug and alcohol testing of employees is controversial and contentious, and involves a balance of human rights, privacy rights, the rights of an employer to manage their workplace, and the right of all employees […]

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Toronto Police Facing Allegations of Age Discrimination

A 51-year old police candidate has filed a human rights complaint against the Toronto Police Service (TPS) alleging age discrimination after she was unsuccessful in the process of becoming an officer. The Background The claimant filed her complaint in summer of 2016. In it, she alleges that she was discriminated against as a candidate because […]

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