Category Human Rights

AMPs are Constitutional — More Paralegal News

Scope regularly provides carefully curated links to news items that are particularly relevant for Ontario’s 7,000 licensed paralegals. This focused list includes articles from popular media as well as legal-services provider content, all of it useful for paralegals.

B.C. Lawyers Refuse to Approve TWU

Lawyers in British Columbia have overwhelmingly voted against accreditation for Trinity Western University’s proposed faith-based law school. Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) lawyers voted on Tuesday in a special general meeting. Members met in cities across the province, listened to hundreds of speakers and voted on the resolution directing that “Trinity Western University is […]

HRTO: Restaurant to pay $100,000

Three Muslim workers at a popular Toronto restaurant have been awarded almost $100,000. A human rights tribunal found they had been forced to eat pork, mocked for speaking Bengali, frequently called sh-t, and threatened with replacement by “white” staff. In an 80-page decision, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) said the owners of Le […]

Paralegal Kristin Bisbee

Client’s Story v. Rules: HRTO Pitfalls to Avoid

Kristin Bisbee is a paralegal experienced in human rights matters. She outlines how even the most-meritorious cases at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) can get derailed by procedural details. Not all cases are won or lost on their merits. Sometimes those merits are never even heard. In matters where procedural questions arise, they […]

Civil Remedy for Human Rights – A Legal First

A London court has awarded human rights damages in a wrongful dismissal action — the first such determination under provisions of the Ontario Human Rights Code that were enacted in 2008. The decision found that temporary illnesses or injuries are considered disabilities under Ontario’s Human Rights Code. Wilson v. Solis Mexican Foods Inc., 2013 ONSC […]

Labour Decision Underscores Limits on Drug, Alcohol Testing

Workplace Wire reports that, on the heels of the Supreme Court of Canada June ruling in Irving Pulp and Paper, which severely limited the circumstances when random drug and alcohol testing is permissible in the workplace, an Ontario arbitrator recently held that mandatory pre-access alcohol and drug testing is an unreasonable exercise of management rights. […]

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