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Human Rights In The Workplace

In Ontario, the Ontario Human Rights Code protects individuals from harassment and discrimination in five distinct social areas, with human rights in the workplace being one. Outlined below includes what human rights are, how they apply to the workplace and what to do if experiencing discrimination or harassment in the workplace.

What Are Human Rights?

Human rights are equal treatment free of harassment and discrimination, including human rights in the workplace, housing, contracts, goods, services and facilities, and membership in vocational associations and trade unions.

Under the Ontario Human Rights Code (the ‘Code’), all individuals are protected against discrimination and harassment. The ‘Code’ protects against discrimination of:

  • Citizenship
  • Ancestry, colour, race
  • Place of origin
  • Ethnic origin
  • Disability
  • Age (18 and above in employment)
  • Creed
  • Sex (including pregnancy and breastfeeding)
  • Family status
  • Marital status
  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender identity
  • Gender expression
  • Record of offences (in employment)
  • Receipt of public assistance (in housing)

Human Rights In The Workplace

The Ontario Human Rights Code is a provincial law providing all individuals with equal rights and opportunities in employment, trade, services, goods and facilities, contracts and housing without harassment, discrimination, and reprisal. It prohibits discrimination in all areas in the workplace, including application forms, job interviews, work assignments, work environment, job promotions and terminations, job ads, training programs and workshops, volunteer duties, and more.

For an employee to demonstrate they are experiencing discrimination against their human rights in the workplace, they must show they experienced adverse treatment or impact based on one of the protected grounds.

Experiencing Discrimination Or Harassment In The Workplace

If an employee or employer is experiencing discrimination or harassment, it is important to contact an employment lawyer immediately regarding human rights in the workplace. The role of the employment lawyer is to ensure individuals take proper steps for protection.

When preparing for a Human Rights claim, individuals need to gather as much evidence as possible relating to it and appropriately fill out a Human Rights Application before filing it with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.

Human Rights proceedings can be complicated and require a significant legal argument, so it is best for anyone experiencing violations against their human rights to consult an employment and human rights lawyer.

This short video below identifies what you need to know regarding human rights in the workplace.

Human Rights at Work | Achkar Law

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If you are an employer facing a human rights claim, or an employee who has been discriminated against, our team of experienced Human Rights lawyers at Achkar Law can help. Contact us by phone toll-free at 1 (800)771-7882 or email us at [email protected], and we would be happy to assist.

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