With human rights issues on the rise, employees are more aware of their rights under the Human Rights Code and the Canadian Human Rights Act. Employees have the right to be protected from discrimination against various grounds, like age, disability, race, gender, and sexual orientation, among other grounds.
Companies should be aware of their accommodation obligations with employees to minimize risk of human rights violations.
Often, the resolution of human rights concerns in the employment space involves creative solutions that address the interests of employees and employers. Extensive engagement with the Human Rights Code and knowledge of the relevant cases can give employers an important