With human issues on the rise, employees are more aware of their rights under the Human Rights Code and the Canadian Human Rights Act. Employees may file human rights complaints as they have the right to be protected from discrimination in the workplace against various grounds.
- Ancestry, color, race
- Ethnic origin
- Place of origin
- Family status
- Marital status
- Gender identity, gender expression
- Sexual orientation
Companies should be aware of their accommodation obligations with employees to minimize risks of human rights violations and the subsequent human rights complaints which may follow.
Often, the resolution of human rights in the employment space involves creative solutions that address the interests of employees and employers. This is where a human rights lawyer can help, as they will explain your options, outline all possible legal and financial risks, help you draft a response to the complaint, and will represent you throughout any resulting litigation.