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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Mental Disability & Human Rights

The Basics Employers in Ontario are required to take reasonable steps to accommodate a disability, including a mental disability. This is often a difficult task for the employer as the obligation is indeed a strict one which must be provided unless there is “undue hardship” preventing this. Recent Case A court in Saskatchewan recently reviewed […]

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Mass Terminations

The recent sad news of the closing of the General Motors plant in Oshawa raises once again the need to be aware of Ontario’s protective laws on mass terminations. Keep in mind that Ontario law by statute allows for minimum notice and severance pay. Ontario “common law” or judge-made law also provides for potential increased […]

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Obesity as Grounds for a Human Rights Complaint

Ontario law protects individuals against adverse action due to a medical disability. The first issue with respect to this question of obesity is whether the person has a medical problem which has caused the condition of obesity. Ontario law requires this as a first step to substantiate a claim as the statute requires this. The […]

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