Human Rights Discrimination
Ontario’s Human Rights Code of Ontario prohibits employers from discriminating against their workforce based on the following protected grounds:
- Ancestry, colour, race
- Ethnic origin
- Place of origin
- Family status
- Marital status (including single status)
- Gender identity, gender expression
- Receipt of public assistance (in housing only)
- Record of offences (in employment only)
- Sex (including pregnancy and breastfeeding)
- Sexual orientation.
Employers cannot treat employees adversely based on the above-protected grounds.
The right to be free of discrimination also includes a duty to accommodate. If an employee seeks a reasonable accommodation, short of undue hardship, based on the above grounds, the employer may be required to provide the accommodation. Either way, the employer should engage the accommodation process in good faith and inquire into whether the sought accommodation is feasible. An accommodation request can be made for many reasons but is most commonly sought for disability and childcare or family care obligations.
At Buttar Law, we have successfully represented many individuals dealing with human rights violations and assisted them in obtaining the compensation they deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation and allow us to help you enforce your rights.