Human Rights & Workplace Discrimination
It is against the law for an employer to discriminate against an employee or treat the employee differently based on certain personal characteristics.
This right to equal treatment is protected under both the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Canadian Human Rights Act. Protected personal characteristics include age, race, ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, and family or marital status.
The right to equal treatment at work without discrimination or harassment covers all aspects of the employment relationship and the workplace environment.
This means that employers must treat employees equally at all stages of the employment relationship, including hiring, performance evaluations promotions, wage increases, bonuses, transfers, and layoffs and not give preference to one person over another because of the individual’s personal characteristics. This also means that regardless of their personal characteristics, employees cannot be harassed by coworkers or employers.
Human rights legislation also protects independent contractors and volunteers.
If you believe you have been discriminated at work, consult with an experienced employment lawyer right away. We will advise you of your legal rights and obligations and also provide you with practical options and all available remedies.
Contact us today if you believe you are the victim of human rights violations or workplace discrimination. The law is on your side, and we can help you get what you are entitled to.