Human rights discrimination in the workplace can take many forms: an ageing employee is forced into retirement; an employee injured at work is fired the next day; a woman is paid less than her male co-worker, is subjected to sexist comments or sexual advances, or is terminated when she returns from pregnancy/maternity leave. In all of these cases, a human rights lawyer in Toronto may be needed to intervene on the employee’s behalf.
The workplace is supposed to be free from human rights discrimination for all employees in Canada, but that is unfortunately often not the case. When employees experience human rights discrimination in the workplace, they often feel isolated, and they don’t know where to turn.
The good news is that employees who are experiencing human rights and/or workplace discrimination such as ageism, sexism, racism or related to a medical issue or disability, have a way to fight back with a civil rights lawyer in Toronto.
Human rights discrimination is illegal in Ontario under the Ontario Human Rights Code on the basis of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed (religion), sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, record of offences, marital status, family status and disability (i.e., medical condition or perceived medical condition).
Analogous provisions exist in all provinces and for federally regulated employees. Non-Human Rights Code discrimination often also creates legal recourse of various sorts.