Harassment in the Workplace: Rights and Obligations

Not everyone loves going to their place of work every day. Maybe the commute is too long, or the air conditioner is always set extremely high, requiring bulky sweaters in July. But what happens when the source of the discomfort comes from negative comments, mistreatment or even harassment from coworkers? What is a person’s recourse […]

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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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HRTO: The Human Rights Code Does Not Necessarily Protect Employees From Uncomfortable Conversations

The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) recently dismissed a claim filed by a nurse who alleged that she was being subject to uncomfortable sexual conversations at work, which constituted discrimination and harassment and violated her rights at work. The HRTO ultimately found that being made to feel uncomfortable during conversations in the workplace does […]

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OHRC Releases Policy on Medical Documentation in Disability-Related Accommodation Requests

The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has just released a policy statement on the type of medical information that should be expected by employers, and should be provided by employees in a situation where a disability related accommodate request is made by an employee. Duty to Accommodate Under the province’s Human Rights Code, employers and […]

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