About Human Rights & Discrimination claims in Ontario
In Ontario, the majority of workplaces are governed by the Ontario Human Rights Code (OHRC) (unless federally regulated, where the Canadian Human Rights Act (CHRA) applies). All employees have the right to be free from discrimination under these Acts.
Both the OHRC and CHRA make it illegal for an employer to discriminate, refuse to hire or terminate an employee on the basis of one of the prohibited grounds of discrimination. These grounds include but are not limited to race, ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, family status or disability (mental or physical).
Under both Acts, an employer has what is known as the “duty to accommodate” an employee who has a disability of any kind/level of severity and requires some assistance or modifications at work.
If you feel you have experienced a human rights violation or you have experienced discrimination, you should contact a lawyer to find out what legal remedies are available to you (i.e. compensation). A lawyer can explain what your legal rights are and about any limitation periods that might apply. A lawyer can represent you at a hearing/in front of a tribunal.
Our firm has represented clients who have experienced human rights violations and discrimination. Do not hesitate to contact our office for a free initial consultation.
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